Eight rockets were fired at a Turkish military base in northern Iraq on Wednesday, according to the Counter-Terrorism Group, a security operator in Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region.
Two of the rockets landed inside the base and caused no damage, however, an Iraqi contractor was reportedly wounded. The attack was claimed by Iran-backed Shiite militia group, the Free People of Iraq Brigade.
Turkey has confirmed the attack on the Turkish military base in Iraq and promised retaliation.
The group is known for its attacks against Turkish troops in northern Iraq and has previously claimed responsibility for an attack in June 2022. The Free People of Iraq Brigade, also known as Liwa Ahrar Al Iraq, is an Iran-backed Shiite militia group active in Iraq. The group’s motivations and goals are not publicly disclosed, but it is believed to be affiliated with Iran and to receive support from the Iranian government. The Free People of Iraq Brigade is considered a security threat by Turkey, which has been conducting cross-border operations against Kurdish groups in northern Iraq and Syria to prevent attacks on Turkish territory.
Turkey has been conducting cross-border operations against Kurdish groups in northern Iraq and Syria to prevent attacks on Turkish territory.
The PKK has been fighting against the Turkish state since 1984 and has bases in northern Iraq from which it launches attacks on Turkey.
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