Jun 02 2018

2 Turkish soldiers were killed in northern Iraq

Two Turkish soldiers were killed and one was heavily wounded in Northern Iraq as a result of an attack during road construction work, Dünya newspaper reported.

Turkish General Staff in a written statement said that the attack was organised by the members of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which has been fighting inside Turkey for more than 30 years. 

Turkey launched a military incursion, Operation Olive Branch, into Afrin in northwest Syria on Jan. 20 to fight the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and its armed wing the People’s Protection Units (YPG), which Turkey sees as an extension of the PKK. 

Turkey extended its military operations in Syria against Kurdish forces to Iraq on March 10 by launching airstrikes against the PKK targets and has been deploying troops and sending military equipment to the region since then.

Local sources in northern Iraq confirmed in April that the Turkish armed forces had more than a thousand troops in the region and was building new roads and 3 outposts.

Casualties of the Turkish Army in recent days and weeks spiked in Northern Iraq's Kurdistan region. On Thursday, there were 3 Turkish soldiers killed. On April 27, there was another Turkish soldier lost his life following an attack by Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants.