Monday, September 05, 2011
Turkish War Planes Bomb Kurdish Militants in Iraq
On Sunday 4th September, Turkish war planes launched attacks on the militants from the Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK) who are based in the Qandil mountains, Northern Iraq. Tensions have intensified between Turkey and Kurdistan in recent weeks; August saw the death of as many as 160 Kurdish militants as a result of Turkish air strikes.
Further to this, Iran has claimed responsibility for the 30 casualties experienced by the Party of Free Life of Kurdistan (PJAK). The Kurdistan Worker's Party believe that Turkish and Iranian forces are working together to coordinate their attacks, and have claimed that in direct response to this, they will join forces with the PJAK.
July saw the PKK attack over forty Turkish security personnel. Over 40,000 people have now been killed in the conflict between the PKK and Turkey since 1984.