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Turkish airstrikes in Northern Iraq since August 2011
Part of Kurdish–Turkish conflict
Date August 17–24, 2011
Location Northern Iraq, Turkey
Result Disputed. Turkish claim success for the bombing operation. PKK claim to have suffered few damages.
Turkey Turkey
Turkish Air Force
Flag of Kurdistan Workers' Party.svg PKK

23x15px TAK
Flag of Partiya Jiyana Azad a Kurdistanê.png PJAK

Commanders and leaders
Turkey Mehmet Erden
Turkey Mehmet Veysi Ağar
Flag of Kurdistan Workers' Party.svg Murat Karayılan
Flag of Kurdistan Workers' Party.svg Sofi Nurettin
2,500[1] 800
Casualties and losses
None 90[2]-160 PKK militants killed, 80 wounded.[3] unknown civilian casualties

PKK claims 3 militants were killed on August 2011.[4]

ROJ TV, PKK's broadcast outlet and the Iraqi Foreign Ministry claimed that 7 Iraqi Kurdish civilians, including three under the age of 18 were killed in a car. ROJ TV has shown pictures which depict a car bombed in a road. In response to these allegations, Turkish ambassador to Iraq has delivered the visual evidence. The surveillance images shows that in the road there is no craters which would be created by high explosive bombs used by the Turkish military.[5]

On August 17, 2011, the Turkish Armed Forces launched multiple raids against Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) camps based in Iraq, striking 132 targets.[6] Turkish military bombed PKK targets in northern Iraq in six days of air raids, according to General Staff.[7]


PKK fighters killed 40 Turkish security personnel between July and August in southeast Turkey. The Turkish Army launched raids in response to those series of PKK attacks.

Turkish reprisal operationEdit

A day before the operation, PKK fighters ambushed a troop convoy and killed nine soldiers.[8] The first six days of air raids, the Turkish Air Force attacked 132 PKK targets in northern Iraq, killing 90 to 100 militants. However, casualty figures could not be confirmed independently. According to Turkish army statements, 80 militants were wounded in the operations, which hit 73 shelters, eight stores and nine anti-aircraft positions.[2] [8]

Further attacksEdit

In addition to the 132 PKK locations targeted by the Turkish Air Force, 349 targets in Qandil, Hakurk, Avasin-Basyan, Zap and Metina regions was bombed with artillery.[9] Turkish military announced that Turkish jets had bombed PKK targets on Northern Iraq on February 2012 but did not provide details.[10]


Six people were wounded early on 28 August at a beach in Antalya of Turkey, when explosives buried in the sand exploded. The Kurdistan Freedom Falcons (TAK) threatened attacks targeting civilians and tourists earlier. According to Today's Zaman, PKK was responsible for the bombing.[11]

PKK claimed 4 militants were killed on 24 September 2011.[12] PKK claimed 4 additional militants were killed on 28 September 2011, despite the initial claim that no militants were killed.[13][14]

Iranian operationEdit

Iran began a new military push against Kurdish rebels on the border with Iraq, days after Turkey said its air strikes had killed up to 160 militants inside Iraqi territory.[when?] Iran said it had killed dozens of members of Party of Free Life of Kurdistan (PJAK), an offshoot of the Turkey-based Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).[15]

Responses on casualtiesEdit

PKK denied Turkish military's claims on number of dead militants, and said that the number of militants killed released by military was a "baseless fabrication".[16] PKK spokesman Ahmed Deni said three fighters had been killed during initial strikes on Dohuk province in northern Iraq.[8] Barham Ahmed Hama Rasheed, mayor of the town of Rania, and officials in Northern Iraq claimed a family of seven were killed by the Turkish army on Sunday. According to Rasheed, among those killed was a 3 month old infant.[17] Kardo Mohammed, a member of the Iraqi Kurdish parliament, said the "shelling constituted a breach of international conventions and agreements between the two countries."[8]

Kurdish ProtestsEdit

2,000 people protested on Sunday in the town of Rania as victims were buried. Another protest took place on Hakkari, and a member of BDP who was protesting the air assault died.[18]


  1. Turkey strikes Kurd rebels in Iraq for third night
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Turkey says 90-100 Kurd rebels killed in north Iraq raids". REUTERS. 23 August 2011. Retrieved 23 August 2011. 
  3. Turkey: Up to 160 Kurd rebels killed in n JPost - Middle East
  5. Turkish-Iraqi ties strained over claims of civilian deaths - Hurriyet Daily News
  6. [1] Turkey says 90 to 100 Kurd rebels were killed in north Iraq raids
  7. [2] Turkish army: 90-100 Kurd rebels killed in n. Iraq raids
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 "Turkey reports heavy PKK losses after week of bombing". BBC. 23 August 2011. Retrieved 23 August 2011. 
  9. Turkey Says It Killed 100 Kurdish Separatists
  11. Three soldiers killed, two injured in Hakkari roadside mine blast
  15. Iran makes new military push against Kurdish rebels
  16. Turkey says it killed 100 Kurdish rebels in Iraq
  17. Kurd leader condemns shelling that killed 7
  18. BDP politician dies in clash with gendarmerie

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