TR Military Operations in Northern Iraq

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The clearing of Zap is one of the most important military successes in the history of the republic. The remaining terrorists are completely deadlocked. They will either dead or surrender.

It is an incredibly challenging geography. For 40 years, pkk organized fortifications and passageways in these regions and improved their shelter facilities. All passages were trapped and there are caves everywhere. Mehmetçik cleared the region by stepping on every inch of soil at high altitudes with harsh slopes and in places where it is not even possible to walk. All caves and tunnels were entered one by one.

The terrorist organization's social media accounts were spreading propaganda that this place is not even like Afrin, you will get lost in the mountains. This is such a challenging geography that it would not be an exaggeration to say that there is no other commando in the world that can complete this Zap operation so successfully. By destroying the PKK in Zap, the TSK has lowered the terrorist organization's guard. The Turkish Armed Forces have opened the way to Kandil, and are now in a position to sever the terrorist organization's Syria-Iraq connection when desired. The TAF has destroyed the terrorist organization's connection from Iraq to Turkiye. Smuggling activities have slowed down considerably. Most importantly, by securing the Iraqi region, the TAF has been able to turn its attention back to Syria. Now it is time to unite the pieces in Syria.
 

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In the scope of the Claw-Lock operation, 506 terrorists are neutralized, 600(yes six hundred) caves and tunnels are destroyed and over 2000 IEDs are defused.
Operations slowed down due to winter conditions.
 

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Not sure if this is the correct place for this.

A helicopter crashed yesterday evening in Duhok, Northern Iraq, killing seven. As per the photos from the crash site, it was a AS350 Ecureuil and as per the preliminary KRG report, it carried PKK militants. Iraqi Government is the only user of the type in the region as per open sources, which makes me believe they have some questions to answer.

This video is interesting, as a munition(?) is visible being cooked off possibly due to heat. This might be a rocket or a flare gun that went off. Less chance of it being a rocket as the bird was already at capacity with 7 occupants.
 
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Not sure if this is the correct place for this.

A helicopter crashed yesterday evening in Duhok, Northern Iraq, killing seven. As per the photos from the crash site, it was a AS350 Ecureuil and as per the preliminary KRG report, it carried PKK militants. Iraqi Government is the only user of the type in the region as per open sources, which makes me believe they have some questions to answer.

This video is interesting, as a munition(?) is visible being cooked off possibly due to heat. This might be a rocket or a flare gun that went off. Less chance of it being a rocket as the bird was already at capacity with 7 occupants.
 

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interesting, at the 3rd second something like a flare is exploding .

It looks indeed like a helicopter used for special operations if it carries flares
 

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What the f***! what was these terrorists doing in Iraq and why did they have access to helicopters?!

TuAF should shoot everything down over nothern Iraq which flies without her permission.

Welcome to our allies where they embargo and sanction us while bankrolling terrorists.

The defence industry needs to be supported 100%.

If not these pieces of shit both the americans and russians along with their terrorist lackeys wrecking havoc on Turkiye.
 
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Seems PUK bought the helicopters. How the fuck can a party buy helicopters like these. And then it ended up in the hands of SDF. MIT needs to clean put PUK even their politicians. Erase them.
 

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Welcome to our allies where they embargo and sanction us while bankrolling terrorists.

The defence industry needs to be supported 100%.

If not these pieces of shit both the americans and russians along with their terrorist lackeys wrecking havoc on Turkiye.
The helicopter was apparently French in origin.
 

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Welcome to our allies where they embargo and sanction us while bankrolling terrorists.

The defence industry needs to be supported 100%.

If not these pieces of shit both the americans and russians along with their terrorist lackeys wrecking havoc on Turkiye.

always remember the americans methods, they will use all ideological idiots to their biddings.

USA created Islamic extremists terrorists like feto and their fraternal brothers are used against Turkiye.

Extreme left wing marxist terrorists the PKK and all its filthy offshoots primary owner and protector today is the USA.

Then all this woke bullshit infecting the entire world is predominantly promoted by the Hollywood/media machine of the USA.

The US empire uses every ideology and all of its morons to do its bidding in their game for global domination.

Everything is just a means to an end for them, they want it all.
 
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US troops suffered brain injuries after recent drone attack in Iraq, CENTCOM says​

U.S. troops have traumatic brain injuries resulting from a drone attack in Iraq last week that struck a convoy carrying them and the Syrian Kurdish commander of anti-Islamic State forces, U.S. Central Command has said.

The U.S. military said last week that the attack led to no casualties. Continued medical screening identified cases of TBI characterized as mild by CENTCOM on Wednesday.

“Our neurological team is closely monitoring these service members as they can continue to feel the effects of the attacks,” CENTCOM said in an emailed response to questions from Stars and Stripes.

A CENTCOM spokesman on Thursday did not say how many service members were hurt in the attack.

Friday’s drone strike in northern Iraq targeted Gen. Mazloum Abdi, leader of the Syrian Democratic Forces, a Kurdish-led group that the U.S. has allied with in the fight against ISIS.

Responsibility for the strike has been widely attributed to Turkey, although Ankara has denied these claims.

The attack and its aftermath highlight the complicated nature of American relations in the Middle East, where troops tasked with containing ISIS are partnering with Kurdish units seen as threats by NATO ally Turkey, while also defending against attacks from Iran and its proxy militias.

Ankara believes that the U.S.-backed SDF is a terrorist group affiliated with Kurds waging an insurgency in Turkey that has left 40,000 dead, a January report by the Council on Foreign Relations said.

But the U.S. views the SDF as separate from Kurdish groups that have been blacklisted internationally for terrorism. Washington has worked with the SDF since 2014 to defeat ISIS.

Three U.S. military personnel were in the convoy with Abdi at the time of the attack, with one service member riding in the same vehicle as the general, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday.

Capt. Abigail Hammock, a CENTCOM spokeswoman, confirmed that the convoy had “included U.S. military personnel participating in routine operations with our partner forces in Iraq and Syria.”

Abdi said he was in Iraq with U.S. troops to talk with Kurdish anti-terrorism forces about fighting ISIS, Al Jazeera reported Sunday. The general called the attack a “clear message from the Turks,” the report said.

Unidentified Western officials also blamed Turkey for the attack in reports by The Wall Street Journal and the Al-Monitor news site. Iraq’s government held Turkey responsible and demanded an official apology Sunday.

Turkey said their military didn’t undertake any operations in the area that day, Reuters reported Sunday. The Turkish directorate for communications did not respond to questions sent by Stars and Stripes on Thursday.

CENTCOM didn’t mention Turkey or Abdi in its statements about the attack, saying only that it strongly opposes any action that threatens the safety and security of U.S. personnel.

Turkey has been launching attacks into Syria and Iraq for years, sometimes killing civilians and U.S.-trained SDF fighters, Myles Caggins III, a senior nonresident fellow at the New Lines Institute for Strategy, based in Washington, said Thursday.

Caggins, a retired U.S. Army colonel who served as spokesman for the U.S. task force against ISIS until September 2020, said the U.S. has been loath to acknowledge these attacks, except in vague terms.

“U.S. government officials are quick to point the finger when Iran conducts drone strikes and rocket attacks in Iraq and Syria, and yet when Turkey exhibits the same behaviors, Turkey is never named, and those strikes are always under investigation until the headlines disappear,” Caggins said. “In order for the U.S. to maintain credibility on the world stage, we must name names.”

The contradictions between U.S. support for both Turkey and the SDF will need to be resolved through diplomatic negotiation before matters escalate out of control, said Jonathan Lord, senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security, a Washington-based think tank.

“I think we've reached a breaking point where something has to give,” Lord said. “The administration needs to make this a top priority before our NATO ally ends up killing a U.S. soldier.”
 
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