Seven Turkish soldiers were killed and more than 25 wounded when an artillery ammunition depot exploded last week.

The military base was located in Hakkari Province, in southeastern Turkey. Hakkari borders both Iraq and Iran. Turkish military forces stationed there have been conducting counterinsurgency operations against the Kurdish Workers Party (PKK). This is not a peaceful borderline, but an active warzone.

From the emerging reports, it appears that the explosion occurred whilst the base was conducting live-fire drills. Since 2016, Turkey has launched several offensives into Syria and Iraq to repel fighters belonging to Kurdish armed groups. The success of these operations has been debatable.