Turkish Military Digs Deeper Into Iraqi Kurdistan

Turkish Military Digs Deeper Into Iraqi Kurdistan

Turkey launched Operation Claw-Lightning and Claw-Thunderbolt against the PKK on April 23.

Andrew H. Sweet
  • Turkey's latest cross-border operations against the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in Iraqi Kurdistan is the latest phase of a multi-year campaign into that region, throughout which Turkey has been expanding its network of military bases and positions there.
  • It is estimated that the Turkish military maintains approximately 40 bases and positions within the boundaries of Iraqi Kurdistan.
  • Turkey has expanded its network of bases in Iraqi Kurdistan, which have been there in smaller numbers since the 1990s.
  • The latest Turkish military expansion into the Metina region will further reduce the PKK's ability to cross back and forth over Turkey's southern border.

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