ISTANBUL — Six Turkish troopers have been killed Friday in an assault on a army base in northern Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdish area, the Turkish Protection Ministry mentioned. Authorities blamed Kurdish militants.
5 died within the assault and one other soldier succumbed to his wounds later. One other seven troopers have been wounded, two of them significantly, when the attackers tried to infiltrate the bottom, the ministry mentioned on social media. It mentioned 12 militants had been “neutralized” and that operations have been persevering with within the space. The wounded troops have been hospitalized for therapy.
Overseas Minister Hakan Fidan later expressed condolences for the households of the slain troopers.
“We’ll combat to the top towards the PKK terrorist group inside and out of doors our borders,” he mentioned, referring to militants affiliated with the Kurdistan Employees’ Celebration.
The clashes comply with an identical assault in northern Iraq three weeks in the past that led to the deaths of 12 Turkish troopers.
PKK-affiliated militants tried to interrupt right into a Turkish base in northern Iraq on Dec. 22, based on Turkish officers. Six troopers died within the ensuing firefight. The next day, six extra Turkish troopers have been killed in clashes with the Kurdish militants.
Turkey responded by launching strikes towards websites that officers mentioned have been related to the PKK in Iraq and Syria. Protection Minister Yasar Guler mentioned on the time that dozens of Kurdish militants have been killed in airstrikes and land assaults.
It wasn’t instantly clear if Friday’s assault and the one three weeks earlier have been on the similar base or not.
The PKK, which maintains bases in northern Iraq, has led a decades-long insurgency in Turkey and is taken into account a terror group by Turkey’s Western allies, together with the U.S. Tens of 1000’s of individuals have died for the reason that begin of the battle in 1984.
Turkey and the U.S., nonetheless, disagree on the standing of the Syrian Kurdish teams, which have been allied with Washington within the combat towards the Islamic State group in Syria.