Turkey launched its longest continuous military operation against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in Iraqi Kurdistan this year. Operation Claw began last May, is presently in its third phase, and shows no sign of let-up. This, along with the new forward operating bases it has built in the Kurdish region since last year, indicates that Turkey is hunkering down in Iraqi Kurdistan for the long-term.
In recent weeks there have also been some notable activity in Turkey’s campaign. In five days in the first week of November, Turkey carried out no fewer than five operations targeting the PKK, primarily using air and artillery strikes.
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