Turkish army soldiers stand guard as Kurdish people wait in a hope to enter Cizre, a town subject to a curfew as part of a controversial operation against Kurdish rebels, on March 22, 2016 in Mardin, for Newroz celebration. Nowruz, the Farsi-language word for 'New Year', is an ancient Persian festival, celebrated on the first day of spring, March 21, in Central Asian republics, Iraq, Turkey, Afghanistan and Iran. / AFP PHOTO / ILYAS AKENGIN

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:40 A.M.) – The Turkish Armed Forces killed at least a half dozen fighters from the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in northern Iraq this morning, the Turkish General Staff announced.

According to the General Staff’s statement, their forces not only killed a half dozen PKK fighters, but also, destroyed at least 16 of their positions in northern Iraq.

The attack was carried out by their air force and ground troops in the Hakurk, Gara, Metina, Zap, and Qandil areas.

Turkey has recently mulled launching a large-scale operation to capture the strategic Qandil Mountains, which is believed to be the location of the PKK’s headquarters in Iraq.

The PKK is currently outlawed in Turkey and their presence in the region is often a primary driving force for the Turkish military operations.

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