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Turkish drone strike kills four PKK fighters, say Kurdish officials

Blow to Kurdish group near Iraq's Sulaymaniyah comes after four killed in attack on Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces in Syria
Kurdish groups accuse Iraq and the Kurdish authorities there of turning a blind eye to Turkish armed strikes (AFP)

A drone strike in northern Iraq killed four members of the Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK), with officials of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) blaming the Turkish army for the incident.

The strike occurred near the city of Sulaymaniyah, in Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan region, and came a day after the Turkish army killed four members of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in neighbouring Syria. 

A KRG statement confirmed a strike occurred at 8pm local time on Friday and said: "Four PKK fighters were killed and wounded when a Turkish army drone targeted their vehicle near the village of Rangina."

Turkey has classified the PKK, an armed group based in northern Iraq, as a terrorist organisation, with members of the SDF viewed by Turkish authorities as an "offshoot" of the organisation. 

The Turkish army rarely comments on strikes it makes against the PKK but regularly targets the group's bases in the mountains of the Kurdistan region. 

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Earlier in May, Kurdish forces said Turkey killed fighters from the PKK-aligned Sinjar Resistance Units in northern Iraq.

Despite reported Turkish strikes, Iraq and the KRG have been accused of tolerating Turkey's presence in the region. 

Last week, Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani mentioned plans for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to visit Iraq but did not specify when he planned to visit.

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