Iran and Turkey have carried out coordinated military actions against Kurdish rebel positions in northern Iraq, a Turkish military official reported today. This is the first time that an official of either country discloses on-going coordinated military actions against the Kurds.
“When they start action, we also do... They carry out operations from the Iranian side of the border and we do so from the Turkish side,” Gen. Ilker Basbug, Turkey’s land forces commander, told CNN Turk news channel in Istanbul on Thursday.
Turkish and Iranian forces often shell PKK and PJAK positions in the mountains of northern Iraq. Turkey has also carried out several bombing raids in northern Iraq and in February conducted a week-long ground offensive against PKK camps inside Iraq.