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Rockets fired near occupation base housing Turkish troops in Iraq’s northern Nineveh province

A number of rockets have rocked a military base in Iraq’s northern province of Nineveh, which houses Turkish military forces engaged in ongoing operations against purported positions of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militant group in the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region.

The Iraqi Arabic-language al-Sumaria television network, citing an unnamed security source, reported that three rockets landed near Zilkan base in northern Iraq’s Bashiqa region early on Wednesday.

There were no immediate reports of casualties from the strikes.

No group has claimed responsibility for the raid.

Baghdad and Ankara have long been at loggerheads over the latter’s unauthorized military activities in Iraq’s Kurdish regions. The Iraqi government has slammed Turkey’s military presence as a violation of the Arab country’s sovereignty.

Last month, the Iraqi anti-terror Kata’ib Hezbollah group, which is part of the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) or Hashd al-Sha’abi, denounced the Turkish military strikes on Kurdistan region, calling on the Ankara government to withdraw its forces from the Arab country before it gets “too late.”

Kata’ib Hezbollah, in a statement released on February 5, demanded that Turkish authorities stop repeated violations of Iraq’s sovereignty and deadly raids on ordinary people and fully withdraw Turkish forces from Iraqi soil.

“Our patience has reached its limit. Disregard for the loss of our compatriots’ lives and violations of the state sovereignty were the last straw,” the statement read.

“The Iraqi nation, which dispelled the myth about US forces as the world’s most powerful military and subjected them to humiliation, can demean you as well. Therefore, you are recommended to pull out your troops before it is too late,” Kata’ib Hezbollah warned Ankara.

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