Three Turkish Soldiers Killed In Clash With PKK In Iraq

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Three Turkish soldiers were killed and seven were wounded in a clash with Kurdish militants in northern Iraq, the Turkish defence ministry said Sunday.

The statement came after Turkey on Friday launched the third phase of an operation begun in May to root out fighters of the Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) in the region.

It did not specify the location of the clashes.

The PKK, listed as a terrorist organisation by Ankara, the European Union and the United States, has rear bases in northern Iraq.

Turkey began conducting a ground offensive and bombing campaign against the PKK in the region in May.

The conflict has claimed more than 40,000 lives since the PKK took up arms in 1984.

Syria War: Russian Air Strike Kills Turkish Soldiers

Syria War: Russian Air Strike Kills Turkish SoldiersRussia’s president has sent condolences after a Russian air strike mistakenly killed three Turkish soldiers, north of Syria.

The soldiers were supporting Syrian rebels to recapture the city of al-Bab from so-called Islamic State as part of an offensive to push Islamic State and Kurdish fighters away from Turkey’s southern border.

According to Turkish military, a Russian aircraft attacked a building where some of the soldiers had been deployed.

It had been planning to hit I.S targets but “by accident three of their soldiers were martyred when a building was bombed where their units were”

Russia and Turkey back opposing sides in the Syrian war and have been jointly targeting Islamic State in air strikes recently.

Late Andrei Karlov’s Body Returns To Russia

Andrei Karlov, RussiaThe body of late Andrei Karlov, the Russian ambassador assassinated by a Turkish policeman in Ankara has been flown to his home country.

Karlov was shot nine times by 22-year-old Mevlut Mert Altintas, while he was giving a speech on Monday.

While police later “neutralised” the gunman, the Russian was rushed to hospital before his death was later confirmed by the Russian foreign ministry.

On Tuesday afternoon, his coffin was carried across Esenboga airport’s tarmac, draped in a Russian flag.

The dead was accompanied to a waiting plane, sent by Moscow, by an honour guard of six Turkish soldiers.

BBC had reported that the attack came a day after protests in Turkey over Russia’s military intervention in Syria.

It says the attack was apparently made in protest at Russia’s involvement in the Syrian conflict.

US state department spokesman, John Kirby, said US officials were aware of reports about the attack on the ambassador.

“We condemn this act of violence, whatever its source,” he said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.”