Turkey is combating PKK forces primarily based in northern Iraq, most just lately launching ‘Operation Claw-Lock’ in April.
4 Turkish troopers have been killed in a conflict with fighters in northern Iraq, based on an announcement by Turkey’s defence ministry.
The ministry mentioned late on Sunday that the incident befell in a area the place Turkey has been finishing up a cross-border operation known as Claw-Lock.
Operations within the area are nonetheless ongoing, the ministry assertion added.
Turkey repeatedly carries out operations in Iraq, which lies on its southern border, as a part of its offensive towards Kurdistan Staff’ Occasion (PKK) members primarily based within the Kurdish area of northern Iraq.
The PKK launched an armed insurrection towards the Turkish state in 1984, first searching for independence and extra just lately, autonomy. Greater than 40,000 individuals have been killed within the battle.
Turkey launched Operation Claw-Lock in April to focus on the PKK’s hideouts in northern Iraq.
The PKK is considered a “terrorist” group by Turkey, america and the European Union.
Ankara’s army operations in northern Iraq have been criticised by the Iraqi authorities, which has accused Turkey of failing to respect Iraq’s territorial integrity.
The Iraqi authorities mentioned that Turkey had “blatantly violated” Iraq’s sovereignty and summoned Ankara’s ambassador to Baghdad after an assault on a resort in northern Iraq’s Duhok province in July was blamed on Turkey.
The assault left eight individuals useless.
Turkey denied duty, and mentioned that the assault had been carried out by “terrorists”.