Turkish forces capture four PKK members in Kurdistan – report

The Turkish military regularly conducts cross-border operations in northern Iraq, May 15, 2021. (Photo: IHA via Daily Sabah)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Turkish forces captured four members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in a cave in the Kurdistan Region’s area of Avashin, Turkish media reported on Sunday.

Daily Sabah cited sources in the defense ministry as saying Turkish commandos descended on the cave located on a 1,917-meter-high hill in the Avashin area.

“The terrorists immediately surrendered after realizing they had nowhere to flee as the commandos landed at the hideout by helicopter,” the sources added.

The Turkish forces seized arms and ammunition, including two anti-aircraft machine guns, seven AK-47 rifles, an M-16, a sniper rifle, two PKM machine guns and two rocket launchers, Daily Sabah reported.

The PKK has yet to confirm the capture of its members.

Turkey regularly carries out air and ground attacks against the PKK in the Kurdistan Region. It says neither the Iraqi government nor the Kurdish government has taken measures to combat the group.

The Turkish military has established a dozen military bases in the Kurdistan Region’s border as part of a military campaign against the PKK.

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