Turkish military: Up to 160 PKK terrorists killed in air raids
The Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) has said it killed an estimated 145 to 160 members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and injured at least 100 in 21 sorties it has conducted in the past three days on suspected PKK targets, Today's Zaman reported.
The TSK said in a statement released on Monday that Turkish jets conducted what it called "21 effective sorties" between Aug. 25 and 28 in northern Iraq, targeting PKK camps in the Zap and Gara regions.
The military also said before the air raids that Turkish intelligence aerial vehicles had identified possible PKK targets between Aug. 23 and 24.
The statement added that 38 targets were also heavily shelled in coordination with an air raid during the cross-border operation in the same period.
The military insisted that all targets were carefully pinpointed through repeated reconnaissance flights before being hit and that the military had taken the necessary precautions to avoid civilian casualties.
The military said last Tuesday that air strikes on suspected PKK targets in northern Iraq from Aug. 17-22 had killed an estimated 90 to 100 terrorists and warned that it would press ahead with offensives against the terrorist group both inside Turkey and across the border.
In addition, the military said during this period that terrorist camps within Turkey were also targeted in air and land raids, adding that military operations against the PKK will continue both in Turkey and northern Iraq.