/ 19/ Kurdish opponents have been killed by Turkish air strikes in northern Iraq
BAGHDAD, Turkish aircraft launched raids on Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) positions in northern Iraq on Tuesday.
"The Turkish air force on Tuesday killed 19 Kurdish PKK militants in air strikes in northern Iraq," a Defense Ministry statement said.
"The air strikes targeted several areas in northern Iraq, including the Qandil Mountains, one of the PKK strongholds," he said.
Turkish aircraft, in cooperation with the security services and police two years ago, launched large-scale campaigns against elements of the PKK inside and outside the country to eliminate the organization, which Turkey says is carrying out terrorist operations against Turkish civilians and military in various Turkish states
The United States and the European Union classify the PKK as a terrorist organization.
The PKK has taken up arms for three decades in Turkey's mainly Kurdish south-east and the conflict has killed 40,000 people.
Source: National Iraqi News Agency