Turkish air strikes kill 15 Kurdish militants in northern Iraq

The Turkish military said it carried out air strikes in northern Iraq on Friday, killing 15 Kurdish militants. (Reuters)
Updated 22 June 2018
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Turkish air strikes kill 15 Kurdish militants in northern Iraq

  • The Turkish military said it carried out air strikes in northern Iraq on Friday, killing 15 Kurdish militants.
  • The strikes were carried out on the Gara region, the military said on Twitter.

ISTANBUL: The Turkish military said it carried out air strikes in northern Iraq on Friday, killing 15 Kurdish militants.
The strikes were carried out on the Gara region, the military said on Twitter.
Turkey has recently stepped up strikes on Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) bases in northern Iraq, especially its stronghold in the Qandil mountains.
Ankara has warned it might launch a ground offensive into Qandil, where high-ranking PKK members are believed to be based.
President Tayyip Erdogan, who faces tough elections on Sunday, has vowed to “drain the terror swamp” there.
More than 40,000 people have been killed since the PKK launched its insurgency in Turkey in 1984. It is designated a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and European Union.


Arab anger over ‘theft of occupied Golan Heights’

Updated 39 min ago
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Arab anger over ‘theft of occupied Golan Heights’

  • Israel seized part of the Golan during the 1967 Six-Day War, subsequently annexing it in 1981
  • US President Trump officially recognized Israel's sovereignty of the Golan Heights on March 25, 2019

JEDDAH: Arab states on Monday condemned US President Donald Trump’s recognition of the occupied Golan Heights as Israeli territory.

The decision “does not change the area’s status” as illegally occupied territory, Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit said.

Breaking decades of international consensus, Trump signed a proclamation at the White House on Monday recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the border area that Israel seized from Syria in 1967. 

Syria said the decision was a blatant attack on its sovereignty. 

“Trump does not have the right or the legal authority to legitimize the occupation,” a Foreign Ministry spokesman said.

Opposition chief Nasr Al-Hariri said Trump’s decision would “lead to more violence and instability, and it will have negative effects on efforts to engineer peace in the region.”

Lebanon said the move “violates all the rules of international law” and “undermines any effort to reach a just peace.”

“The Golan Heights are Syrian Arab land, no decision can change this, and no country can revisit history by transferring ownership of land from one country to another,” the Foreign Ministry said.