Turkish serviceman killed in northern Iraq Turkey 20 July 12:54

Cheryl Sanders
July 22, 2019

A general view shows Kurdish security members gathering near a restaurant where Turkish diplomats and a Turkish consulate employee were killed in Erbil, Iraq on July 17, 2019.

The head of the US State Department, Mike Pompeo, expressed condolences to Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu over the terrorist attack against Turkish diplomats in Iraqi Irbil, the official representative of the State Department Morgan Ortagus reported.

A Turkish soldier was killed and six were wounded in a cross-border operation in northern Iraq against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), Turkey's defence ministry said on Friday.

According to a written statement by the Security Directorate of Erbil city, where the attack took place, the alleged attacker Mazlum Dag, who was identified two days ago, has been detained by security forces.

Turkey's pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP) later confirmed that the man who had been arrested was the brother of one of its lawmakers, Dersim Dag.

The statement did not give further details, but said the suspect was already wanted by security agencies in Iraq's Kurdish region.

In response to the terrorist attack, Turkey on Thursday launched an air attack on Iraqi Kurdistan. Kose and one Iraqi died on Wednesday, while the second Iraqi succumbed to his wounds overnight. The group has been waging an insurgency for more than three decades.

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