Istanbul: Turkey said on Wednesday that with the support of air and artillery, Turkey has deployed special forces in northern Iraq to deal with Kurdish rebels.
“Operation Claw-Tiger has begun. Our special forces heroes are in Haftanin,” the defence ministry tweeted.
“Our commandos, who are supported by combat helicopters and drones, have been transported by our air force,” it said.
Due to “the recent surge in attacks on our police stations and military bases near the Iraqi border”, the Ministry of Defense has reason to initiate this operation.
It said that violent shelling was required before deployment.
This move may increase the friction between Ankara and Baghdad. On Tuesday, Ankara and Baghdad summoned Turkish ambassadors to protest Turkey’s air strikes against Kurdish rebel positions in northern Iraq this week.
The Turkish military regularly conducts operations against the Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK) in southeastern Turkey and its rear bases on the border. On Sunday night, it raided Kandir, Sinjar and Baikuk in northern Iraq.
The PKK, which has been rebelling against the Turkish state since 1984, has been banned as a terrorist organization by Ankara and his Western allies.