A Turkish major and a soldier were killed during heavy fighting with Kurdish separatists in mountainous southeast Turkey on Friday, military sources said.
The outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) also suffered casualties in the two-day firefight in Sirnak province near the border with Iraq, the sources said, giving no further details.
As many as 8,000 soldiers are fighting in the operation, which also has air support.
The Turkish military has conducted numerous raids across the border to hit PKK targets in northern Iraq, which the armed group uses as a base to conduct attacks in Turkey.
The military also tends to step up its offensive on the militants inside Turkey during the spring months as the snow melts, making it easier to operate in the mountainous terrain.
Like Turkey, the United States and the European Union consider the group a terrorist organisation.
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