Turkish army condemns attack on military base in northern Iraq

Turkish army condemns attack on military base in northern Iraq

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Turkish army condemns attack on military base in northern Iraq

Turkey's Defense Ministry condemned an attack by protesters on a Turkish military base near Dohuk in Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdish region on Jan. 26.

"An attack has occurred on one of bases located in northern Iraq as a result of provocation by the PKK terrorist organization. There was partial damage to vehicles and equipment during the attack," the ministry said on Twitter.

The ministry added that "necessary precautions are being taken regarding the incident."

According to local officials and residents who spoke to Reuters, at least 10 people were wounded when protesters attacked the Turkish military camp, burning two tanks and other vehicles.

The crowd was demonstrating over a recent Turkish air raid, an Iraqi Kurdish official in Dohuk was quoted as saying.

"They attempted to do something wrong in northern Iraq today and they were dispersed after our aircraft took off," President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said after the incident.

The Turkish Armed Forces carry out regular air raids near the border against the PKK, which is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU.

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