A Turkish soldier and security guard were martyred in counter-terror operations in northern Iraq, Turkey’s Defense Ministry said on Monday.

The two were martyred during operations in the Haftanin region, said a ministry statement, wishing Allah’s mercy upon them and conveying condolences to their grieving families.

The terrorist group being targeted was not specified, but northern Iraq is a known base of the terrorist YPG/PKK, used by its members to plan cross-border terrorist attacks against Turkey.

In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK — listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and EU

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