After Kurdish militants accepted the responsibility of militant attacks on Ankara, Turkiye unleashed air strikes on militant targets in northern Iraq. Security forces of Turkiye also detained several suspects in Istanbul.
Ankara suffered a horrific incident when two attackers exploded a bomb near government buildings. Both attackers died in the attack. The Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), an outlawed militant group, claimed responsibility. Turkiye started operations against militant forces and said that they destroyed 20 targets of PKK in different regions of Iraq, including Metina, Hakurk, Qandil and Gara.
Turkiye has initiated the action against the PKK in northern Iraq over the last few years under the United Nations charter – Article 51. The Counter-terrorism forces have also detained 20 people including a Kurdish spokesman and district heads of a large pro-Kurdish political party.
Who are the Kurdistan Workers Party
The Kurdistan Workers Party commonly abbreviated as PKK is a designated militant political organization and armed guerrilla movement. Initially, the Kurdish militants operated throughout Kurdistan but now are based in southeastern Turkey and northern Iraq. PKK launched an insurgency in 1984 causing over 40,000 deaths.