Turkish Warplanes Strike Mount Asos in Kurdistan Region

Turkish Warplanes Strike Mount Asos in Kurdistan Region

Turkish warplanes resumed shelling suspected positions of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) members in the Kurdistan Region on Sunday (November 12).

The mayor of Mawat town Kamaran Hassan said the Turkish shelling was the second this month in the foothills of Mount Asos near Mawat.  

No casualties were reportedly caused by the Turkish airstrikes, which continued for half of an hour, Hassan said.

Turkish warplanes launched airstrikes early on November 4 against suspected positions of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in several areas of the Kurdistan Region.

Warplanes hit PKK bases in Qandil, Sinath-Haftanin, Gara, Metina, Ava┼čin-Basyan, Zap and Khakurk.

Mawat, 55 km north or Sulaimani, is a well-known agricultural and vacation area for Kurdish and international visitors alike.

Despite continued destruction of farming villages and the deaths and injuries of innocent civilians, neither the Baghdad nor Erbil governments nor their international partners have recently spoken out against Turkey’s actions into the Kurdish region of Iraq.

Turkey resumed the shelling of suspected PKK positions inside the Kurdistan Region in July 2015 after a two-year ceasefire between the Turkish military and the PKK ended.

The three-decade long conflict between Turkey and the PKK – which demands the creation of an independent Kurdish state – has claimed more than 40,000 lives.