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Operation Tigris Shield
Part of the Turkey-PKK conflict
Date10 March 2018[1]present
(4 years, 2 months, 2 weeks and 2 days)
LocationIraqi Kurdistan


  • As of 11 May 2018, Turkish forces advance at least 20km within Erbil Governorate.[1]
 Turkey Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK)
Commanders and leaders
Turkey Unknown Birdal Burhanli (KIA)[2]
Casualties and losses
120 killed (PKK claim) 379 killed (Turkish claim)[3]

Operation Tigris Shield (Turkish: Dicle Kalkanı Harekâtı)[citation needed] is an ongoing cross-border operation conducted by the Turkish Armed Forces against Kurdistan Workers' Party militants in the Kurdish region of Iraq, launched on 10 March 2018.[1]


On 10 and 11 March, the Turkish Air Force conducted air strikes on at least 18 targets in Hakurk, Zap, Metina, Gara and Avasin-Basyan.[4][5] A further 8 targets were hit in the Hakurk and Zap regions on 15 March.[6] By 16 March, Turkey had pushed 15 kilometres deep into Northern Iraq around the Gulmerk area and had destroyed 23 hideouts and killed 13 militants in the area.[7] On 17 March, the PKK had claimed to have killed up to 18 Turkish soldiers and lost two militants in clashes near Sidikan.[8]

41 PKK militants were killed in Turkish airstrikes on areas of the Qandil Mountains on 22 March.[9] By 26 March, Turkish forces had solidified control of 28 villages mostly in the Barazger and Barmiza areas.[10] On 28 March, Turkish jets bombed the Behdinan region and the villages of Sarkê, Bêzelê, Kokerê and Şankê.[11]

On 2 April, 8 more targets in the Qandil and Harkuk regions were struck by Turkish jets.[12] According to PKK-aligned sources, 3 Turkish soldiers were killed and five others wounded in clashes on 13 April.[13] On 15 April, senior PKK member Birdal Burhanli was killed by Turkish forces near Kani Rash.[2]

On October 22, 8 Turkish soldiers were killed near Lêlîkan Hill, in Sidakan area, about 100 km North East of Erbil and 15 km West of Iran.[14]

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "How far will Turkey's anti-PKK operation in northern Iraq go?". Retrieved 7 June 2018. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Turkey confirms senior PKK member killed". Retrieved 7 June 2018. 
  3. "Erdogan says over 4,700 YPG, PKK fighters 'neutralized' during Operation Olive Branch in Syria, Iraq". 4 May 2018. Retrieved 7 June 2018. 
  4. "Turkish military jets hit 18 PKK targets in northern Iraq". Retrieved 7 June 2018. 
  5. Reuters (11 March 2018). "Turkey Expands Syria Military Operation Into Iraq With 18 Airstrikes on Kurdish Targets". Retrieved 7 June 2018. 
  6. "Turkish jets destroy eight PKK targets in northern Iraq". Retrieved 7 June 2018. 
  7. [1] (Arabic)
  8. [2] (Arabic)
  9. "Turkish jets ‘neutralize’ 41 PKK militants in northern Iraq". Retrieved 7 June 2018. 
  10. [3]
  11. "Turkish jets destroy Çemço Bridge". Retrieved 7 June 2018. 
  12. "Turkish jets hit eight PKK targets in northern Iraq". Retrieved 7 June 2018. 
  13. "3 soldiers killed, 5 others wounded in Bradost". Retrieved 7 June 2018. 
  14. HPG: Eight Turkish soldiers killed in Southern Kurdistan Lat: 36.79, Lon: 44.66.

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