Turkey could launch an operation in Shingal: official

Ibrahim Kalan, spokesman for the Turkish presidency said that the military operation against the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in Shingal district in Nineveh Governorate, northern Iraq, is “still standing."

Kalin confirmed to a local TV interview that Turkey is coordinating with Baghdad and Erbil regarding its operations against the PKK.

He pointed out that Turkey has taken preventive measures for any potential "terrorist threats”, therefore, it could be possible to carrying out an operation in Shingal.

Earlier, the Turkish Consul General in Kurdistan, Hakan Karacay, announced that turkey had informed the Iraqi authorities of the Operation Claw-Tiger 2 against PKK in the Kara Mountain, Duhok governorate.

Days ago, Turkey’ Defense Ministry launched Operation Claw-Tiger 2 against the Kurdish militant group.

It was carried out to “neutralize the PKK and other terrorist elements from northern Iraq” to ensure security along the Turkish-Iraqi border, the ministry said.

The PKK deemed a terrorist organization by the United States and the EU, has been fighting an insurgency since 1984, demanding greater Kurdish autonomy in the southeast of the country.

About 40,000 people have been killed in the fighting.

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