Turkish warplanes destroyed at least 18 targets belonging to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in northern Iraq over the weekend, the state-run Anadolu news agency said on March 11.
The strikes, carried out on March 10 and and 11, targeted the Hakurk, Zap, Metina, Gara and Avaşin-Basyan regions of northern Iraq, Anadolu said, citing the Turkish military.
The General Staff statement said that the PKK militants were plotting an attack on the Turkish military and their bases in the region.
Turkey regularly carries out airstrikes against PKK targets in northern Iraq, where the group is based in the Qandil mountains.
Turkey and Iraq are in close talks for a potential joint struggle against the presence of the PKK in Iraqi territories, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım said on March 9, a day after Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu announced that Iraq was the Turkish military’s next target after the ongoing Afrin operation.
“[Cross-border] operations will be conducted in northern Iraq when necessary. We are in close contact with the Iraqi government on this,” Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım told reporters on March 9.