Iraq criticizes Turkey for reported air raid on its territory

A file photo of a Turkish jet. (AP)

Iraq's Council on Foreign Relations criticized on Monday the penetration of its airspace by a Turkish military aircraft, which reportedly carried out an air raid on Sinjar, Iraq.

"Turkish forces continue its aggression and airstrikes in what we consider a violation of sovereignty and a serious threat to civilian security,” the council’s statement said.

Turkish fighter jets hit Kurdish militant targets in Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq with around 20 missiles on Sunday, security sources told Al Arabiya.

Turkey’s Defense Ministry confirmed that its jets had launched an operation.

Turkey regularly targets Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants, both in Turkey’s mainly Kurdish southeast and in northern Iraq, where the group is based.

“We call on the Iraqi government to find a permanent solution,” the council’s statement added.

Last March, Two Turkish soldiers were killed and two others were wounded after a mortar attack by Kurdish militants in northern Iraq’s Haftanin region, said the Turkish Defense Ministry.

Shortly after, the ministry said in a separate statement that Turkish warplanes had hit four targets in the region, killing eight PKK militants.

The PKK is designated a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the European Union.

Some 40,000 people have been killed in the fight between Turkish forces and the PKK.

With Reuters

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