Statement by MSB on 'Operation Claw Lock' in Northern Iraq

Statement from the MoD on Operation Pence Lock in Northern Iraq
Statement by MSB on 'Operation Claw Lock' in Northern Iraq

The PKK/KCK terrorist organization, which suffered heavy losses as a result of the successful operations carried out by the Turkish Armed Forces; It has been determined that it still continues to exist in some regions in the north of Iraq, continues to create shelters and positions and is in preparation for a large-scale attack.

In order to neutralize the PKK/KCK and other terrorist elements, to eliminate the terrorist attacks against our people and security forces from the north of Iraq and to ensure our border security; In line with our self-defense rights arising from Article 51 of the United Nations Charter, the “PAW-LOCK OPERATION” has been launched against terrorist targets in northern Iraq (so-called Metina, Zap and Avasin-Basyan regions).

Before the operation, targets consisting of shelters, bunkers, caves, tunnels, ammunition depots and so-called headquarters belonging to the PKK/KCK organization were brought under fire with air operations.

Prior to the air assault operation, the targets determined by Fırtına, MLRA and other artillery units stationed in the region were heavily fired and hit with full accuracy.

Our Commandos and Special Forces elements, supported by our air forces, fire support vehicles, ATAK helicopters, UAVs and SİHAs, infiltrated the region by infiltrating the land and by air attack operations.

In this operation, which was carried out in coordination with our friends and allies, a heavy blow was dealt to the presence of the terrorist organization in the region by using the maximum amount of local and national ammunition.

During the operation; Every precaution has been taken to ensure that civilians, historical and cultural assets and the environment are not harmed. Only terrorists are targeted in this operation, which is carried out with respect to the territorial integrity of Iraq.

The Turkish Armed Forces, who emerged from the bosom of our noble nation, will continue the fight against terrorism for the security of our country and nation with determination and determination until the last terrorist is neutralized.

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