Two Turkish Soldiers Killed in Northern Iraq

A pair of Turkish soldiers were killed during military operations against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in northern Iraq on Thursday.

Turkey’s National Defense Ministry identified the two soldiers as Infantry Specialist Sergeant Muhammed Mustafa Koca and Infantry Specialist Sergeant Omur Ertugrul Sari, who succumbed to their wounds at the hospital.

In total three Turkish soldiers received injuries in clashes with PKK militants in Operation Claw-Lock.

Turkey launched Operation Claw-Lock in April to target the PKK terror organization’s hideouts in Iraq’s northern regions near the Turkish border.

Turkey claimed that PKK has training camps in autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan and has engaged in an anti-Turkish war since 1984 and is responsible for killing more than 40,000 people, including women and children.  

Ankara has launched a series of operations against the PKK in its two neighboring countries, Iraq and Syria.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had recently said that Turkey would soon launch a new military operation into northern Syria aimed at creating a 30 kilometers security zone along their border.

US, Turkey, and the EU have designated PKK as a terrorist group.

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