Turkey launches “Operation Claw 3”

Turkish forces launched on Aug. 23 Operation Claw 3 in Sinat-Haftanin region in northern Iraq, according to a statement from the Turkish National Defense Ministry on Aug. 24.

The operation was launched to facilitate border security, neutralize terrorists, destroy caves and shelters in Sinat-Haftanin in northern Iraq, according to the statement.

Operation Claw 3 continues as planned with the support of Air Force planes, Army Aviation elements, howitzers, armed UAVs and UAVs, the statement added.

On May 27, Turkey launched Operation Claw against the PKK organization, which Turkey claims as terrorist, in the Hakurk region of northern Iraq. The ongoing offensive has neutralized dozens of terrorists so far.

PKK fighters often use northern Iraq as a base to plan cross-border terrorist attacks on Turkey.