A cluster of rockets targeted a Turkish military base in the Kurdistan region on Wednesday, Kurdish officials said. An Iranian-backed militia promptly claimed responsibility for the attack.
A Turkish defense ministry official said there was no damage or injury at the base but did not provide further details. The official spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.
According to a statement from the Kurdistan region’s anti-terrorism department, at least eight rockets were fired at Turkey’s Zilkan military base, with two hitting the base itself.
Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar dismissed the incident, saying the base comes under attack “from time to time,” prompting retaliatory fire. He said the Turkish soldiers were “fighting there with increased resolve and determination.”
Turkey has long been conducting military operations in Kurdistan region, with both ground and air forces, targeting suspected positions of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK)