One more Turkish soldier killed in northern Iraq

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A Turkish soldier was killed on Thursday during a military operation against outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants in northern Iraq, Agence France-Presse reported, citing Turkey’s defense ministry.

That brings the number of Turkish soldiers killed in the region to six since Tuesday.

Turkey’s official news agency Anadolu said the Turkish soldiers had clashed with militants from the PKK, which Ankara and its Western allies say is a terrorist organization.

The PKK has training camps and bases in autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan and has been waging a war against the Turkish state since 1984, a conflict that has killed 40,000 people, many of them civilians.

Ankara has launched a series of operations against the PKK militants in Iraq and Syria, the latest one in northern Iraq beginning in April.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Monday that Turkey would soon launch a new military operation into northern Syria which he said was designed to create a 30-kilometre (19-mile) “security zone” along their border.

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