Turkish soldier succumbs to injuries from terror attack in northern Iraq

Turkish soldier succumbs to injuries from terror attack in northern Iraq

Ali Demir was injured after terrorists opened harassing fire on Türkiye’s Operation Claw-Lock zone on Thursday

By Seda Sevencan

ISTANBUL (AA) - A Turkish soldier, who was injured in a terror attack in Türkiye’s anti-terror operation zone in northern Iraq on Thursday, succumbed to his injuries, the Turkish National Defense Ministry has said.

The soldier, Ali Demir, was injured after terrorists opened harassing fire on Türkiye’s Operation Claw-Lock zone, the ministry said in a statement on Thursday.

He later succumbed to his wounds at hospital.

The ministry extended its condolences to Demir's family, the Turkish Armed Forces and the nation.

The terrorists' affiliation was not specified, but the PKK terror group has been known to be active in the region.

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

It was preceded by two 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.

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