PKK fighter killed, two others injured in clashes with Iraqi army in Sinjar

PKK forces. File photo.

Nineveh ( – A Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) fighter was killed Sunday and two others were wounded in clashes with the Iraqi army in Sinjar district in Nineveh, a security source said.

“Fierce clashes erupted between the Iraqi army and PKK fighters in Sinun town in Sinjar, leaving a Kurdish fighter dead and two others wounded,” the source told SNG.

“An Iraqi serviceman was also killed in the clashes, while four others were wounded,” the source said, adding that security reinforcements were deployed across the area to control the situation.

On Saturday, two Turkish soldiers were killed and eight others were wounded in clashes with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party militants in northern Iraq, the Turkish defense ministry said.

Six militants, including a woman, were “neutralized” during the operations, the ministry said in a statement. The Turkish army uses the term “neutralize” when it kills, captures or wounds combatants.

Turkey regularly carries out air strikes on PKK bases in northern Iraq, as President Tayyip Erdogan pursues his aim of ending the militant group’s presence near Turkey’s borders.

The PKK, considered a terrorist organization by the United States, the European Union and Turkey, has waged a three-decade insurgency in Turkey’s largely Kurdish southeast that has killed about 40,000 people.

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