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11 Nov 2018 | 05:47 AM UTC

Iraq: Turkish forces neutralize 15 PKK militants in north November 10

Iraq News Alert

Turkish forces neutralize 15 Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants in northern Iraq November 10; similar security operations expected over the coming weeks

TIMEFRAME expected from 11/10/2018, 12:00 AM until 11/11/2018, 11:59 PM (Asia/Baghdad). COUNTRY/REGION northern Iraq

Event

Turkish airstrikes "neutralized" 15 Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants in northern Iraq, according to reports from Turkish military forces on Saturday, November 10. The assault reportedly targeted PKK militants in the Gara, Zap, and Avasin-Basyan areas of Iraq. Similar Turkish cross-border operations targeting PKK militants in northern Iraq are to be expected over the coming weeks.

Context

Turkey has faced a Kurdish insurgency since 1984, spearheaded by the PKK, which was renewed in 2015 following the dissolution of a ceasefire. The conflict has left over 40,000 people dead since 1984 and associated violence continues to pose a significant security risk in southeastern Turkey. Turkish forces have reportedly killed dozens of PKK militants in northern Iraq since the beginning of their offensive against Kurdish militants in the region in March 2018.

Advice

Individuals in northern Iraq are advised to monitor developments to the situation, remain vigilant for militant activity, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.

The security environment in Iraq remains complex. Although travel is possible in some areas with proper security protocols in place, other areas should be considered strictly off-limits. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to all travel.

 

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