YJA Star commander killed in attack on Turkish military: HPG

Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) fighters walk on the way to their new base in northern Iraq May 14, 2013. (Reuters photo)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — A female commander of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) military wing was killed in clashes with Turkish troops in the Kurdistan Region, the group said on Sunday.

The People’s Defense Units (HPG) said commander of the Free Women’s Units (YJA Star) Nalin Firat was killed during an attack on the Turkish military in FM mountain in Kurdistan’s Zab region.

It further said 22 Turkish soldiers were killed and two others were wounded in the group’s attacks in the Zab region.

Two attack helicopters and a Sikorsky helicopter were also hit and damaged in the attacks, the HPG said in a statement.

Turkey has yet to confirm the figures. On Sunday the Turkish defense ministry said one soldier was killed and another was wounded in an explosion in the Zab region.

Ankara has launched a series of operations against the PKK in Iraq, the latest one in the Kurdistan Region which began in April.

Turkey views the People Protection Units (YPG) as identical to the PKK, a Kurdish militant group that has been waging an insurgency in southeast Turkey since 1984, It designates both groups as terrorist organizations.



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