4 rockets fired at Turkish military base in N. Iraq

Li Weichao
2022-04-25 09:46:53

BAGHDAD, April 24 (Xinhua) -- Four Katyusha rockets landed near a Turkish military base in Iraq's northern province of Nineveh on Sunday without causing casualties, a local official said.

The rockets, fired by unknown militants in the evening, targeted the Bashiqa base housing Turkish forces in the Zlikan area some 400 km north of Baghdad, Mohammed Amin Gharib, mayor of the Zlikan area, told Xinhua.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.

Iraq has repeatedly accused Turkey of violating its sovereignty by entering its territory without permission, including Turkey's military presence in the Bashiqa base.

On April 18, Turkish forces launched a new ground and air cross-border operation against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in northern Iraq.

The PKK, listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, has been rebelling against the Turkish government for more than 30 years.

Turkey regularly conducts cross-border operations on the PKK bases in northern Iraq, despite Iraq's repeated protests.


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