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Turkish base in northern Iraq hit by rocket fire

A picture taken on April 17, 2022 shows smoke billowing from behind the mountains of Matin (Jabal Matin) in the town of Chiladze before the official announcement by Turkey of an offensive targeting rebels in the northern Iraqi Kurdish autonomous region.. (Photo by AFP)

A Turkish base in northern Iraq came under rocket attack Wednesday, the autonomous Kurdish region’s counterterrorism services said, with no casualties reported, Agence France-Presse reported.

As with similar attacks in the past, there was no immediate claim of responsibility.

“Eight rockets were fired at Zilkan military base,” in Nineveh province just outside the autonomous region, the counterterrorism services said.

Two rockets struck inside the compound, without causing any casualties.

For the past quarter of a century, Turkey has maintained dozens of military facilities in northern Iraq for use in its war against the terrorist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

Iraqi authorities have had little choice but to accept the Turkish military presence.

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