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Turkish soldier killed by terrorist IED in northern Iraq

Turkish soldier killed by terrorist IED in northern Iraq
Mehmet Duman dies after IED planted by PKK terrorists exploded in region, says Turkish National Defense Ministry

By Merve Aydogan

ANKARA (AA) - A Turkish soldier was killed in Türkiye’s anti-terror operation zone in northern Iraq, near the countries’ shared border, the Turkish National Defense Ministry said Monday.

Mehmet Duman died after a bomb blast in Türkiye’s Operation Claw-Lock zone, the ministry said in a statement.

PKK terrorists placed the improvised explosive device in an area where Turkish forces are engaged in anti-terror operations.

The ministry extended its condolences to Duman'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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