Hoping to score a campaign boost President Erdogan says Turkey hit 14 PKK targets

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By Middle East Affairs

Turkey’s President Erdogan announced on Monday that it would be continuing its insurgency against Kurdish fighters in Northern Iraq.

With less than two weeks to go before the election that he called, President Erdogan speaking from a campaign rally said air force had obliterated 14 key targets of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in the Qandil mountains of northern Iraq.

It is rumored that the Turkish government is planning a major attack on PKK forces ahead of the election, hoping to secure a victory in the ever-tightening election.

In a campaign event in the Anatolian province of Nigde, President Erdogan announced that Turkey’s military was planning an attack in Qandil and Sinjar.

President Erdogan said, “Twenty of our planes destroyed 14 important targets. They struck and came back. It’s not over and it will continue.”

The Kurdish fighters are extensively familiar with the Qandil mountain, while Turkey’s army is not, though they do are supplied with heavier weapons.

Murat Karayilan and Cemil Bayik, both leaders in the PKK are said to be based in the Qandil mountain region. President Erdogan would be satisfied if his military were able to locate and capture the Kurdish fighters.

Turkey has been fighting with the PKK which it considers a terrorist group since 1984 inside and outside its country borders.

Earlier this year in a hotly contested military campaign, Turkey with Syrian rebels was able to take the Afrin region from Kurdish fighters.

President Erdogan has said against his campaign rivals who oppose the Afrin operation, “This country cannot be managed by the likes of you.”

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