At least four members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) were killed in a Turkish drone attack in northern Iraq on Sunday. According to the local counter-terrorism service, the matter concerns a “senior party official” and three fighters.
The Kurds enjoy a semi-autonomous region in northern Iraq. According to the Kurds, the four were killed when “a Turkish drone attacked their car in the Jal Mir area on Mount Sinjar.”
The Kurdistan Workers’ Party has been fighting Turkey for forty years, and the conflict regularly extends to northern Iraq. The Turkish army rarely comments on attacks in Iraq, but it routinely carries out military operations against PKK bases in Kurdistan and the Sinjar region. This is the main base of the local Yazidi movement linked to the PKK: the Resistance Units in Sinjar. Turkey has established dozens of military bases in Iraqi Kurdistan over the past 25 years to fight the group.
At the end of last month, seven PKK members were killed in two drone attacks in northern Iraq during Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan’s visit to Iraq. In the summer of 2022, attacks on a tourist resort in northern Iraq killed nine people, most of them vacationers from southern Iraq.
Türkiye denied any responsibility and blamed the PKK for the attack.
Turkije beschiet heuveldorp in Koerdische regio in Irak, zeker negen doden
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