9 Turkish soldiers were killed and 4 other soldiers were injured, some seriously, during clashes with gunmen from Kurdistan workers' party They tried to infiltrate a Turkish base in northern Iraq.
The Turkish Ministry of Defense said in a statement on Friday that 4 soldiers died from their wounds after it had previously announced the killing of 5 soldiers and the injury of 8 others, 3 of whom were seriously injured, as a result of clashes with members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party in the area of Operation “Claw Claw” in northern Iraq.
The Turkish Ministry of Defense indicated that the clashes also resulted in the killing of 15 militants from the Kurdistan Workers' Party, which Ankara and its Western allies classify as a “terrorist” organization.
The Turkish military base is located near the “Mtina” area in the far north of Iraq. In response to the attack, the Turkish authorities announced a military operation that is still ongoing in the region.
The new attack comes after the killing of 12 Turkish soldiers in late December in two separate attacks on two Turkish military bases in northern Iraq.
vision Turkish army Regularly conducts ground and air military operations against PKK militants and their positions in northern Iraq, in the Iraqi Kurdistan region and in the mountainous Sinjar region.
On April 17, 2022, Ankara launched Operation “Lock Claw” against PKK strongholds in the areas of Matina, Al-Zab, and Afshin Basyan in northern Iraq.
Over the past 25 years, Turkey has established dozens of military bases in Iraqi Kurdistan to fight the Kurdistan Workers' Party, which also has rear bases in the region.
The Kurdistan Workers' Party, which has been waging an armed rebellion against the Turkish authorities since 1984, claimed responsibility for an attack that targeted the Interior Ministry headquarters in Ankara in October last year, wounding two policemen.