The Turkish National Defense Ministry acknowledged that a Turkish soldier had been killed in northern Iraq on July 26.
A Turkish patrol convoy came under attack in the Hakurk region. According to the statement, the attack was carried out by members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).
The victim was identified as Sergeant Halil Çelebi.
Turkish military is suffering casualties on a regular basis in Northern Iraq. On July 17, a Turkish military convoy came under attack while it was passing in Zilkan in the northern Iraqi province of Nineveh.
A newly released video shows attack on Turkish forces in Iraqi Zap region that was carried out on July 2, reportedly claiming lives of 5 soldiers.
— Rojava Network (@RojavaNetwork) July 26, 2021
Kurdish attacks don’t go unpunished. In April, the Turkish military launched the joint Claw-Lightning and Claw-Thunderbolt operations against PKK cells in the Kurdistan Region.
According to the Turkish Defense Ministry, 3 PKK fighters were killed in Iraqi Kurdistan on July 26.
Terör ve teröristle mücadelemiz etkin ve kararlı şekilde aralıksız devam ediyor.
— T.C. Millî Savunma Bakanlığı (@tcsavunma) July 26, 2021
Moreover, on July 26, Turkish security forces claimed the elimination of the PKK’s logistical head in northern Iraq’s Hakurk region. Hakan Ateş, codenamed Serdar Pir Avesta, was killed in a joint operation with Turkish intelligence forces near the Birkim village of Hakurk in Iraq on June 22.
Hakan Ateş was active in the Patriotic Revolutionary Youth Movement (YDG-H), and was reportedly involved in the terror group’s activities and recruitment affairs. He was responsible for PKK’s logistics in Iraq’s Harkuk region.
The number of casualties in Turkish ranks has significantly increased in recent weeks, as the military escalation with Kurdish forces continues both in Iraqi Kurdistan and Northern Syria.
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