Eighth Turkish soldier killed in Iraq in 5 days

The Turkish Ministry of Defense announced on Sunday the killing of two Turkish soldiers during a military operation in northern Iraq, where Ankara is launching a military campaign against Kurdish fighters.

This brings to eight the death toll among Turkish soldiers killed in the same area since Tuesday.

On Saturday, a soldier was killed and another injured in the explosion of a homemade bomb, according to a statement issued by the Turkish Ministry of Defense.

A second soldier died in hospital from his wounds after being injured on Friday, according to the official Anadolu Agency.

Turkey frequently carries out attacks in Iraq, where the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) has bases and training camps in the Sinjar region and in the mountainous regions of the Kurdistan region of Iraq bordering Turkey.

The Kurdistan Workers’ Party, which Ankara and its Western allies call a “terrorist” organization, has been waging an insurgency against the Turkish state since 1984 and is based in remote mountainous regions of Iraq.

And in mid-April, Turkey, which has established military bases in northern Iraq for 25 years, announced the establishment of a new operation against Kurdish fighters. The operation, dubbed “Claw Lock”, comes after the “Tiger Claw” and “Eagle Claw” operations launched by the Turkish army in northern Iraq in 2020.

Also, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced on Monday the launch of a new military operation soon in northern Syria aimed at establishing a “security zone” for Ankara 30 km wide at its borders.

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