Four Turkish soldiers killed in northern Iraq: army

Kurdish security forces stand guard on the outskirts of Irbil, Iraq, Tuesday on October 17, 2017. (AP)
Updated 17 October 2017
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Four Turkish soldiers killed in northern Iraq: army

ANKARA: Four Turkish soldiers were killed in northern Iraq in two separate attacks blamed on Kurdish militants, the Turkish military said on Tuesday.
Five other soldiers were injured when two improvised explosive devices exploded on Monday in the Zap region of northern Iraq, not far from Turkey’s southeastern border.
The army blamed a “separatist terrorist organization” — Turkey’s official term for the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) — for the blasts.
Clashes broke out immediately after the first of the attacks, the military said, as it reported it had killed 16 PKK members in air strikes in the past 24 hours.
It was not possible to independently verify the toll.
Since the PKK launched its insurgency in Turkey in 1984, over 40,000 people have been killed. The group is blacklisted as a terrorist organization by Ankara, the United States and the European Union.
After the collapse of a two-year cease-fire in 2015, Turkish military operations against the PKK intensified in southeastern Turkey.
Turkey regularly conducts air raids against PKK militants who have rear bases in the Qandil mountain area of Iraq, while Turkish ground troops sometimes stage incursions into the area.
The incident comes at a time of high tensions in Iraq following the controversial non-binding independence vote held by Iraqi Kurdistan last month, which was bitterly opposed by Turkey and Baghdad.
The blasts took place outside areas held by the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government.


Egypt says security forces kill 9 ‘terrorists’ in Nile raid

The dawn raid in central Egypt targeted men who were planning attacks on vital installations. (Reuters)
Updated 16 October 2018
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Egypt says security forces kill 9 ‘terrorists’ in Nile raid

  • The statement did not mention if there were any survivors or if any wounded were taken prisoner

CAIRO: Egypt says its security forces have killed nine “terrorists” in a raid on a cave hideout along the Nile River.

The Interior Ministry says Monday’s dawn raid in central Egypt targeted men who were planning attacks on vital installations, resulting in a shootout that led to their deaths.

The statement did not mention if there were any survivors or if any wounded were taken prisoner, or if security forces suffered any casualties. It said assault rifles, improvised explosive devices, ammunition and supplies were seized. Egypt has been battling an insurgency based in the Sinai Peninsula that intensified after the military overthrew an elected but divisive Islamist president in 2013. It launched an operation against militants in February, but raids outside the Sinai have been rare.