Pence 3: Turkish Military launches big operations in Iraq
ANKARA – The Turkish Defense Ministry announced on Saturday that it had launched a new operation on Friday dubbed Pence-3 (Claw-3) in northern Iraq targeting members of Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), banned in the country.
“The operation Pence-3 began on August 23 in the area of Sinat-Haftanin in northern Iraq. Its aim is to ensure the security of the borders, elimination of terrorists and their hideouts,” the statement read.
Turkish jets, drones and Firtina mortars are being used in the operation, the ministry added.
The operation succeeds the operations Pence-1 and Pence-2 which targeted Kurdish militants in the northern Iraqi region of Hakurk.
The Turkish government has been fighting the PKK, which seeks to establish a Kurdish autonomy in Turkey, since the early 1980s. The PKK and Ankara agreed on a ceasefire in 2013, but it collapsed just two years later after a number of terror attacks, allegedly committed by PKK militants.
Turkish security forces carry out regular anti-PKK raids across the country and conduct airstrikes against the group in northern Iraq.