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Turkey launches counter-terror Operation Claw-2 in northern Iraq

Turkey launched anti-terror operation in northern Iraq on Friday against the PKK terrorist group, the Defense Ministry said Saturday.

Turkey launched counter-terror Operation Claw-2 in northern Iraq on Friday at 10 pm (local time), the Turkish National Defense Ministry said on Saturday.

"This is a follow-up on the successfully ongoing Claw-1 operation in Hakurk area which revealed new information on terrorist activity," said the ministry in a statement.

The new Operation Claw-2 aims to to destroy caves and shelters used by the terror organization in northern Iraq, according to the ministry.

"Operation continues as planned with the support of Air Force planes, ground fire support vehicles, ATAK helicopters and UAVs," the statement added.

On May 27, Turkey launched Operation Claw against the PKK in the Hakurk region of northern Iraq.

In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK -- listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU -- has been responsible for the deaths of some 40,000 people, including women, children and infants.

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