War Talk: Turkey Has Fired Ballistic Missiles Into Iraq

Michael Peck
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Michael Peck

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War Talk: Turkey Has Fired Ballistic Missiles Into Iraq

As if the Near and Middle East needed more ballistic missiles, now Turkey has fired one in combat.

Turkey fired a Bora – a ballistic missile based on a Chinese design – at Kurdish militants in northern Iraq.

“Turkey’s domestically-produced tactical ballistic missile BORA successfully struck its target after it was used for the first time in actual combat within the scope of Operation Claw in northern Iraq,” according to Turkey’s Yeni Safak news site. “Bora was developed by Turkish defense giant ROKETSAN; its export version is called Khan.”

Yeni Safak displayed a video of a Bora being fired. The target was reportedly in the Hakurk region of northern Iraq, which Turkish ground and air forces hit in an operation against bases belonging to the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), an independence movement that fought against Turkey for decades. There was no word on whether the missile inflicted any damage on its target.

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