Ankara (IraqiNews.com) – A Turkish soldier was killed by a bomb planted by the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in northern Iraq, Turkey’s Defense Ministry said Tuesday.
“A counter-terrorism operation is ongoing in the region”, the ministry said in a statement.
Turkey has been fighting the PKK or Kurdistan Workers’ Party since a fragile ceasefire between both sides collapsed in 2015.
The group is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S., NATO and the European Union.
The Kurdish insurgency led by the PKK has claimed more than 40,000 lives since it began in 1984. The PKK is mainly active in southeast Turkey, and it has rear bases in mountainous zones over the border in northern Iraq.
Turkey’s military launched an offensive in May seeking to destroy those rear bases.