Turkey announced on Wednesday the deployment of special forces in northern Iraq, in the context of a land campaign against the rebels of the Kurdistan workers ‘ Party (PKK) supported by its aviation and artillery.
The “operation “tiger Claws” has started. Our heroes in the special forces are at Haftanin,” said the Turkish ministry of Defense on Twitter, without specifying the number of deployed military.
“Our commandos, who are supported by combat helicopters and drones, have been transported by our air forces”, he added.
The Turkish ministry of Defence has justified the launch of the operation by the “recent upsurge of attacks against our police and our military bases” located near the iraqi border.
He added that the deployment of the military had been preceded by an intense artillery bombardment.
This operation will create friction between Ankara and Baghdad, which has called on Tuesday Turkish ambassador to protest air strikes carried out by the Turkish aviation on the positions of the PKK on iraqi soil this week.
Ankara had in fact announced to have conducted in the night of Sunday to Monday, strikes in the Kandil, Sinjar and Hakurk, places in the north of Iraq.
Turkey regularly carries out air strikes against the rear bases of the PKK in this neighbouring country.
The PKK, which delivers a bloody guerrilla warfare on Turkish soil since 1984, is qualified group “terrorist” by Turkey, the United States and the european Union.