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Turkish soldier succumbs to injuries in northern Iraq

Soldier seriously wounded due to explosion of ammunition in terrorist booby trap

Muhammed Boztepe   | 28.09.2020
Turkish soldier succumbs to injuries in northern Iraq

ANKARA

A Turkish soldier succumbed to his wounds on Monday from a terrorist attack in northern Iraq, Turkey's National Defense Ministry announced Monday.

The soldier was seriously wounded when ammunition exploded as part of a booby trap laid by terrorists in an area under Turkey's anti-terror Operation Claw, the ministry said in a statement.

Despite doctors' best efforts, he lost his life in the hospital, it added.

The terrorists' affiliation was not mentioned, but the PKK terror group is known to be active in the region.

Turkey's operations Claw-Tiger and Claw-Eagle were launched in June to ensure the safety of Turkish people and borders by neutralizing the threat of the PKK and other terrorist groups that often use northern Iraq to plan cross-border attacks.

In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK -- listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US and EU -- has been responsible for the deaths of 40,000 people, including women, children and infants. The YPG is the PKK's Syrian offshoot.

*Writing by Gozde Bayar

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