Impressive video shows Turkish air strike on PKK ammunition depot in Northern Iraq as seen from a Gozcu UAV

Drone provides an interesting point of view on air strike on PKK ammunition depot in northern Iraq.

The video below was filmed on Sept. 11, during Turkish Air Force air strikes on Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) targets in Northern Iraq.

60 PKK terrorists were killed in the raids against 64 targets in area which involved 21 aircraft (F-16s and F-4 2020). Among the targets hit by the Turkish strikes even a large ammunition depot where secondary explosions lasted for 2 hours.

Here’s the video filmed by a Gozcu (Heron 1) UAV.

The TuAF launched Operation Martyr Yalcin in the early morning on Jul. 24, a day after Islamic State militants attacked a Turkish border patrol in the town of Elbeyli in Kilis Province, killing one soldier and injuring two others. The operation was named after the Turkish soldier killed in the initial attack, Yalçın Nane.

H/T to Arda Mevlutoglu for the heads-up


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David Cenciotti is a journalist based in Rome, Italy. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviationist”, one of the world’s most famous and read military aviation blogs. Since 1996, he has written for major worldwide magazines, including Air Forces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, and many others, covering aviation, defense, war, industry, intelligence, crime and cyberwar. He has reported from the U.S., Europe, Australia and Syria, and flown several combat planes with different air forces. He is a former 2nd Lt. of the Italian Air Force, a private pilot and a graduate in Computer Engineering. He has written five books and contributed to many more ones.


  1. The war on ISIL has more sides than perhaps any armed conflict before it:
    – Allied forces
    – ISIL
    – Turkey
    – Syria
    – Syrian rebels
    – Russia
    – PKK

    • You can add at least:

      -Shiite milicias
      -Iran providing support to those
      -Al Qaeda (blowing hot and cold on ISIL and making the conflict “extendable toward the east)

      • And let’s not forget to mention
        – Qatar and Saudi, providing the bulk of the monetary support for ISIS
        – Israel, doing their level best to cause as much chaos as possible by backing the ‘rebels’

        • according to some of them at least, they preferred one predictable enemy (Assad) than so many they have now…

  2. PKK (political party) operates in Turkey, the HPG is its armed force while the PYD (politcal party) operates in Syria, with its armed force, YPG. However, from Erdogan point of view, they are all PKKs.
    A report of the international news agency AFP suggests Kurdish fighters are cooperating with the Syrian army against the Islamic state (IS) in Hasakah. Kurdish forces known as the People’s Protection Units (YPG) and the Syrian regime completely encircled IS in Hasakah city last Sunday. Reportedly, the Syrian government supplied the YPG with Russian-made weapons to fight IS.
    “The Kurds wouldn’t have been able to encircle the IS fighters without the weapons we gave them,” a senior army officer told AFP.
    In the past, the YPG denied any cooperation with the Syrian regime, even in Hasakah against the IS, and that their operations were independently planned from the Syrian regime.
    The Democratic Union Party (PYD) have condemned ‘terrorism’ of the Baath party and the IS.
    In March 2015, the PYD was accused by the UK government of supporting the Assad regime.
    In a response the PYD assured “the UK Government that we have neither direct nor indirect links to the Baathist regime in Syria,” and that the Kurdish forces clashed several times with the regime in Aleppo and Hasakah.

  3. can this situation be anymore confusing? things are already a fully loaded doo-doo sandwich thrown into a fubar cluster F.

  4. interesting. An Nusra(Al Qaeda in syria) fighting aganist isis and nobody likes him. Why US send them weapon? They fight aganist isis?

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