The helicopters, which carried several PKK terrorists, are said to have been bought by the Talabanis' PUK party with the help of Washington during the Iraq war.
Ankara calls on Iraqi authorities to "immediately identify the perpetrators" of the "heinous terrorist attack" that killed Ahmet Tahir, a former officer at the Iraqi Turkmen Front's security department.
Saad Ali Bedel, codenamed Ceko Pir, was planning action against Turkish army’s Basika base area in Mosul, Iraq, sources say.
Nine officers from Iraq's federal police were killed in one of the deadliest such incidents in months.
Türkiye launched Operation Claw-Lock in April to target the terrorist group PKK's hideouts in the Metina, Zap, and Avasin-Basyan regions of northern Iraq, located near the Turkish border.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says that Türkiye neutralised a total of 480 terrorists since the beginning of the ongoing Operation Claw-Lock in northern Iraq, located near the country's border.
Among those neutralised were terrorists who carried out an attack on Turkish forces on Saturday, martyring two soldiers, Defence Minister Hulusi Akar says.
Türkiye's Defence Ministry offered condolences to the families of the soldiers and the Turkish nation, after two soldiers were killed and three others injured when terrorists opened "harassing fire".
Türkiye has launched a new anti-terror operation in Syria and northern Iraq in response to the deadly November 13 terror attack on Istanbul's crowded Istiklal Avenue.
Sources from the Ministry of National Defence say the operation is continuing successfully with 455 PKK terrorists "neutralised" since April.
Turkish intelligence targeted the PKK member who was in charge of the terror group's so-called "health committee" since last year.
The headquarters of three ethnic parties of Iranian Kurds have been hit in northern Iraq as Iran's Revolutionary Guard accuses the groups of smuggling weapons into Iran.
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