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Turkish soldier killed in northern Iraq

Turkish soldier killed in northern Iraq
Yusuf Atas was injured by ‘harassing fire’ from terrorists in northern Iraq, says Turkish Defense Ministry

By Seda Sevencan

ISTANBUL (AA) - A Turkish soldier was killed in a terror attack in northern Iraq, authorities said Saturday.

Yusuf Atas was injured after terrorists opened “harassing fire” in the Operation Claw-Lock zone, according to the Turkish National Defense Ministry.

He later died at a hospital.

The ministry conveyed condolences to Atas’s family, the Turkish Armed Forces, and the nation.

Türkiye launched Operation Claw-Lock in April to target the PKK terror organization's hideouts in Iraq's northern Metina, Zap and Avasin-Basyan regions near the Turkish border.

It was preceded by Operations Claw-Tiger and Claw-Eagle launched in 2020 to root out terrorists hiding in northern Iraq and plotting cross-border attacks in Türkiye.

In its more than 35-year terror campaign against Türkiye, the PKK -- listed as a terrorist organization by Türkiye, the US, and EU -- has been responsible for the deaths of more than 40,000 people, including women, children and infants.

source: News Feed
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