Turkish drone attack in northern Iraq reportedly kills 4 militants

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IRBIL, Baghdad (UKTN) — A Turkish drone targeted a vehicle traveling through the Kurdistan region of Iraq on Friday, killing four Kurdish militants, the Iraqi Kurdistan Counterterrorism Service said.

In a statement, it said the drone hit the jeep in the town of Kalar in the northern province of Sulaymaniyah. A fifth passenger was injured and was being treated in hospital.

The militants belonged to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the European Union, and has been waging an insurgency in southeastern Turkey since 1984 that has killed tens of thousands of people.

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Turkey regularly carries out airstrikes in northern Iraq and has sent commandos to support its offensives. In April, it launched its latest offensive, dubbed Operation Claw Lock, in parts of northern Iraq – part of a series of cross-border operations it launched in 2019 to combat the illegal PKK based in Iraq. the mountainous regions of northern Iraq.

Turkey’s Defense Ministry said in a tweet on Friday that 6 PKK “terrorists” had been neutralized in Iraq as part of an ongoing military campaign, but did not give further details.

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