Turkish soldier in Iraq killed fighting PKK
The deadly attack took place in the autonomous Kurdistan Region near the Turkish border, and followed the deaths of two Turkish soldiers in Syria over the weekend.
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July 27, 2021
A Turkish soldier was killed fighting the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in Iraq on Monday.
The soldier died when the PKK attacked Turkish forces
doing a road patrol in the Hakurk area, Turkey’s official Anadolu Agency reported. Hakurk is near the Turkish border in the autonomous Kurdistan Region in northern Iraq.
Turkey’s Defense Ministry identified the soldier
as Sgt. Halil Celebi, who was a member of the infantry, according to the statement.
The PKK fights for greater Kurdish rights in Turkey. It has long based itself on the mountainous border between the Kurdistan Region of Iraq and Turkey. Both Turkey and the United States consider the PKK a terrorist group, and Turkey regularly conducts operations against the group in northern Iraq
and northeast Syria
It is not uncommon for Turkey to report soldiers killed in action during these operations. On Saturday, Ankara said two soldiers were killed
when their armored vehicle was ambushed in northern Syria. Turkey attributed the attack to the PKK and its ideological ally in Syria, the People’s Protection Units (YPG). The United States supports the YPG in its fight against the Islamic State, and this is a major reason for worsening US-Turkish relations
Turkey’s operations against the PKK are a controversial issue in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. The violence has long divided the two main Kurdish parties in the region, with tensions being particularly high this year.
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