Turkish soldier killed in Turkey’s military operation in northern Iraq

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A Turkish soldier was killed on Sunday during a cross-border ground operation into Iraq targeting the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), Turkey’s Defence Ministry said.

Corporal Ertuğrul Köse was fatally wounded in a firefight with PKK members Operation Claw-Tiger’s mission area, T24 reported, citing a ministry statement. Köse died at the hospital despite medical intervention.

Two PKK members were also killed in the battle, the statement said.

Turkey launched Operation Claw-Tiger on Wednesday, targeting the outlawed PKK in various regions of northern Iraq in response to an increase in attacks against Turkish military forces.

Another Turkish soldier, Infantry Specialist Corporal Ömer Kahya, was announced killed in the operation on Friday.

The PKK, designated a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the United States and European Union, has been fighting an insurgency against the Turkish state for four decades.

Tens of thousands of people have been killed in the conflict, including 7,918 members of Turkey’s security forces, 5,557 civilians and 22,101 PKK members between 1981 and 2012, according to a report by Turkish parliament.

Turkey regularly targets PKK in operations on home soil and in northern Iraq, where the armed group’s headquarters is located.

Ahval

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