Turkey’s retaliation operations leave 21 Kurdish militants dead
Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct. 19 /Trend T.Konyayeva/
Twenty one militants were killed as a result of the counter-terrorism operations which Turkey launched in the Hakkari province Wednesday morning in retaliation for recent killing of Turkish militaries, CCN Turk reported.
Today's attack by the Kurdish terrorists in the Hakkari province bordering Iraq left at least 24 Turkish militaries dead and injured 18.
President Abdulla Gul vowed that the retaliation for killing of Turkish militaries will be severe. Shortly thereafter, Turkey launched military operations in northern Iraq.
Turkey has recently initiated an active struggle against terrorism. The Turkish Air Force throw blows at Kurdish rebel positions in northern Iraq.
Air strikes were conducted after a militant terror attack in southeastern Turkey on Aug. 17, in which nine Turkish servicemen were killed. These were the first strikes by Turkey in northern Iraq in more than a year.
Later, as a result of air strikes by Turkish Air Forces more than 300 militants were killed.
The conflict between Turkey and the PKK, which has continued for more than 25 years, put an end to lives of over 40,000 people. PKK is recognized as terrorist organization by the UN and the EU.
PPK, listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the European Union, launched an armed campaign for an ethnic homeland in the mainly Kurdish southeastern Turkey in 1984, sparking decades of strife that has claimed more than 30,000 lives.