Turkish Military Base in Iraq Comes Under Rocket Attack

At least six rockets were fired on a Turkish military base in Iraq one week after Ankara announced a military operation against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

“The base (Zelikan) is located in east of Iraq’s Mosul and it was targeted on Sunday evening,”  an Iraqi military source  said.

Without giving further details, the official said that Turkey has been violating the territorial integrity of northern Iraq by claiming to target the PKK.

Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar had earlier said that Turkish warplanes, helicopters and drones hit PKK militant targets, camps, tunnels, shelters, and ammunition storage areas in northern Iraq.

Akar said that the operation is going successfully and per plan and claimed dozens of PKK militants were killed in the operation.  

The Turkish government accused PKK of holding several bases in northern Iraq and has used the territory for attacks on Turkey.

Akar said that the “Operation Claw Lock,” was aimed at preventing terror attacks and “ensure our border security.” 

The US and the EU have also designated the PKK as a terror outfit, and the group is fighting against the Turkish state since 1984. 

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