Three Turkish soldiers killed in operations in Iraq – defense ministry

Turkish security forces conduct an operation against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in Sırnak province, Turkey, July 15, 2020. (DHA via Daily Sabah)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Three Turkish soldiers were killed in an attack by the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) during cross-border operations in northern Iraq on Thursday, the Turkish Defense Ministry said.

The Turkish ministry of defense said six of the PKK fighters were “neutralized” in an air operation, according to Reuters. 

“Targets identified in the region were struck in an air operation and six terrorists were neutralized according to initial indications. Operations in the region are continuing,” the ministry said. “Neutralized” is commonly used to mean killed.

Turkey’s operations in Iraq target the PKK, which has bases there and which is designated a “terrorist” group by Turkey, the United States and European Union.

The group launched an insurgency in southeast Turkey in 1984 in which more than 40,000 people have been killed.

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