ISTANBUL, Turkey — Six Turkish troopers had been killed Saturday in clashes with Kurdish militants in northern Iraq, a day after one other six had been additionally killed.
The six troopers slain on Saturday died in a firefight when militants tried to infiltrate a Turkish base, in accordance with a press release by the Turkish Protection Ministry. The assertion stated 13 militants had been “neutralized.”
Along with the six Turkish troopers killed on Friday, 4 militants had been slain, authorities stated.
Turkey conducts operations and airstrikes in opposition to targets in Syria and Iraq that it believes to be affiliated with the Kurdistan Staff’ Celebration, or PKK, a banned Kurdish separatist group that has waged an insurgency in opposition to Turkey for the reason that Nineteen Eighties.
Ankara maintains that PKK has sanctuaries in northern Iraq, the place its management can also be purportedly based mostly. The PKK is taken into account a terror group by the US and the European Union. Tens of hundreds of individuals have died for the reason that begin of the battle in 1984.