On December 25, the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) killed two soldiers killed and wounded another one in the southeastern Turkish province of Hakkari, the Turkish military said.
On December 24, a soldier was killed and two others were wounded in northern Iraq when a grenade detonated by accident. The wounded soldiers were not in critical condition.
Earlier reports appeared that the PKK declared an autonomous region in the Qandil Mountains in northern Iraq. These mountains are located in the border area with Turkey. Experts believe that the PKK declaration will likely lead to further escalation of tensions between Turkish security forces and the PKK.
Ankara sees the PKK a terroirst group that poses a direct threat to the Turkish national security because the PKK sees to establish a Kurdish state that would include a part of Turkey.