Turkey: Soldier killed, six wounded in northern Iraq operation

A Turkish soldier was killed and six were wounded in a cross-border operation in northern Iraq against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK)¬†Turkey’s defence ministry said on Friday.

The Turkish military last week launched what it described as the second stage of a campaign it has dubbed “Operation Claw” in northern Iraq.

The operation started on May 27 in northern Iraq’s Hakurk region, targeting the PKK with artillery and air raids as well as ground operations by commando brigades.

Turkey says Operation Claw aims to destroy shelters and caves used by the PKK, notably in the Qandil region to the south of Hakurk.

Turkey has frequently launched air raids in the region but ground operations are rarer.

The conflict between the PKK and the Turkish state in the mainly Kurdish southeast began in 1984, and more than 40,000 people have since been killed. The PKK has been designated a “terrorist” group by Ankara, the European Union and United States.

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