Turkey hits Kurdish militant targets in northern Iraq

Turkey started a ground offensive and bombing campaign against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in Iraq last May. (File/AFP)
Updated 08 October 2019

Turkey hits Kurdish militant targets in northern Iraq

ISTANBUL: Turkish air strikes hit Kurdish militant targets in northern Iraq, Ankara’s defense ministry said Tuesday.
The ministry said on Twitter that “nine terrorists were neutralized” in air strikes in the Hakurk and Hafta regions.
There were earlier strikes, announced late Monday, in the northern Iraqi region of Gara, where “three terrorists were neutralized.”
The strikes were part of regular raids against Kurdish militants in Iraq and unrelated to planned operations against Kurdish forces in northern Syria.
Turkey started a ground offensive and bombing campaign against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in Iraq last May.
The PKK, which has been fighting an insurgency in Turkey since 1984, has rear bases in northern Iraq. It is blacklisted as a terrorist organization by Ankara and its Western allies.
Turkey says it will soon launch an offensive against Syrian Kurdish forces, which are tied to the PKK.
The defense ministry said Tuesday that preparations were complete for an operation after Trump ordered the withdrawal of US troops from the border region.


US targets five Iranian officials for blocking election candidates

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US targets five Iranian officials for blocking election candidates

WASHINGTON: The United States on Thursday slapped sanctions on five Iranian officials in charge of vetting candidates for this week's parliamentary elections, in which thousands have been barred from running.
The targeted officials include Ahmad Jannati, a powerful cleric accused of overseeing the disqualification of candidates as part of the Guardian Council. The ultra-conservative also plays a key role in a body that selects the regime's supreme leader.

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"The Trump Administration will not tolerate the manipulation of elections to favor the regime's malign agenda, and this action exposes those senior regime officials responsible for preventing the Iranian people from freely choosing their leaders," Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement.