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Turkish drone strike kills PKK member in N. Iraq


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Baghdad: An intelligence official of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) was killed and a PKK militant injured in a Turkish drone strike in Iraq’s northern province of Nineveh, according to a statement from the Counter-Terrorism Service of Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region.

The attack took place at 5:30 p.m. local time (1430 GMT) near Sinjar, about 120 kilometers west of Mosul, the provincial capital of Nineveh. Earlier in the day, a separate Turkish airstrike in the Duhok province resulted in two fatalities and one injury, a Kurdish security official reported.

Turkish forces frequently carry out cross-border operations targeting PKK militants in northern Iraq, with a particular focus on the Qandil Mountains, which serve as the group’s stronghold.

The PKK, designated as a terrorist organization by Türkiye, the United States, and the European Union, has rebelled against the Turkish government for more than three decades.

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