BREAKING Over 80 DEAD… Here’s What We Know

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Baghdad, IRAQ –Over 80 Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants were killed in airstrikes by the Turkish army in northern Iraq, Turkish military said Wednesday.

Turkish Air Forces carried out airstrikes on PKK locations north of Iraq, killing over 80 militants, an official statement by the Turkish military said.

The air raids were carried out Monday in the Asos region north of Iraq, the statement read.

On Friday, the Turkish military said security forces killed 26 PKK militants during operations in Turkey and northern Iraq in one week.

Turkish air forces regularly carry out cross-border air strikes against PKK targets in Iraq.

Ankara designates PKK as a terrorist organization, so do the  U.S. and the EU.

PKK has led an armed campaign against Turkey for over three-decade, during which more than 40,000 people were killed.

PKK and Turkish military encounters resumed in July 2015 for the first time since the militia announced a pullout from Turkish territory in 2013. The battles resumed after PKK accused Ankara of failure of protecting Kurds following an Islamic State attack that killed 32 Kurds at a town near the borders with Syria.

Turkey’s military interventions in Iraq and Syria has partially been driven by ana anxiousness to curb the influence of Kurdish militias thought to have links with the PKK.

Meanwhile, in Mosul the bodies of 54 people executed by Islamic State militants and killed in battles between the group and Iraqi forces were discovered on Wednesday in Mosul and Anbar, according to security and paramilitary sources.

Shafaq News quoted a source at the Civil Defense service saying that 14 dead bodies of people apparently killed in encounters between IS and security troops were found under the rubbles in Mahallat al-Maydan and Qleyat districts in the Old City, Mosul.

In Hit, west of Anbar, Qatari al-Obaidi, a senior commander at Anbar’s mobilization forces, told IkhNews that the bodies of 40 people executed  by IS were found inside a mass grave in the city of Hit, west of Ramadi.

He said the corpses, found during a security search at al-Gamiya neighborhood, belonged to civilians from Albu Nemr, a local clan.

As Iraqi troops recaptured areas held by Islamic State militants since October 2016, they have regularly run into mass graves of civilians and security agents executed by militants for fleeing the group’s havens or collaborating with security forces.

Iraq’s war against the Islamic State displaced at least five million civilians and left thousands dead. The United Nations accuses IS of committing deeds that mount to war crimes.

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has recently declared “military victory” over IS as all of the group’s bastions were recaptured by November 17th.

Source- Iraqi News



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