“Turkey just launched a new military operation in northern Iraq, with reports of airstrikes in Sinjar/Shingal region.
Follows when Yezidi IDPs were allowed to return in small numbers today after some villages were cleared of explosives by the Army.
Some reports of heavy artillery being used against PKK but specific area about this not given yet.”
- “The strikes coincided with the arrival of IDPs to their home village of Al-Hatemiyah.”
- “The number of (Turkish air) strikes are reported as high as 28.”
- More than 50 PKK Targets destroyed by Turkish Air Force.
Turkey has launched operation Claw-Eagle against terrorists, the Defense Ministry announced early Monday.
The ministry said on Twitter that Turkish fighter jets have destroyed caves where the terrorists took shelter. The operation is being carried out against terrorist bases in northern Iraq in Sinjar, Qandil, Karacak, Zap, Avasin-Basyan and Hakurk.
The statement said the caves collapsed on the terrorists.
Turkish Defense Ministry says Claw-Eagle operation is taking place under right of self defense arising from international law.
In the evening of June 14, 2020, the Turkish Ministry of Defense announced the launch of Operation Eagle Claw in Iraqi Kurdistan. During the night, according to the report of the Ministry of Defense, the Turkish Air Force hit 81 targets of the Kurdistan Workers Party in northern Iraq.
The Eagle Claw is a natural continuation of Turkey’s policies in Iraqi Kurdistan. This is far from the first and not the last operation: under the pretext of counteracting the PKK in the region, Turkey has been operating in northern Iraq for more than 20 years, while simultaneously solving the tasks of “soft annexation” of northern Iraq.