Turkiye launches cross-border anti-terror operation in northern Iraq

Hulusi Akar, Turkish Defense Minister

© APA | Hulusi Akar, Turkish Defense Minister

# 18 April 2022 03:47 (UTC +04:00)

Turkiye has launched a fresh cross-border anti-terror operation against the PKK terrorist group’s hideouts in northern Iraq, said Hulusi Akar Turkish Defense Minister early Monday, APA reports quoting Anadolu news agency.

Operation Claw-Lock, in which commando and special forces teams are taking part supported by unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), attack helicopters and artillery elements, are particularly targeting the Metina, Zap and Avasin-Basyan areas, said Hulusi Akar.

In these areas, shelters, ammunition depots, headquarters, gathering locations and tunnel networks are being destroyed, he said.

PKK terrorists often hide out in northern Iraq to plot cross-border attacks in Turkiye.