Five Iraqi Kurd Troops Killed In Clash With PKK Rebels
Muhammad Irfan 18 days ago Sat 05th June 2021 | 05:07 PM
Five Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga troops were killed Saturday in a clash with fighters of Turkey's outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), a senior Iraqi Kurdish official said
Arbil (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 5th Jun, 2021 ) :Five Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga troops were killed Saturday in a clash with fighters of Turkey's outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), a senior Iraqi Kurdish official said.
Two peshmerga troops were also wounded in Saturday's clash in the Mount Matin district of Dohuk province, said Serbast Lazkin, deputy minister for peshmerga affairs in Iraqi Kurdistan's autonomous regional government.
The People's Defence Forces (HPG), the armed wing of the PKK, accused the peshmerga of entering "a conflict zone in Matin" between it and Turkey "which wants to occupy Iraqi Kurdistan".
"These peshmerga movements are a stab in the back for the PKK and we refuse their entry into an area under our control," it said in a statement.
The peshmerga affairs ministry has called on "everyone to respect the borders of Kurdistan and to refrain from endangering its security and stability.
Turkey has carried out a string of air raids and the occasional ground incursion since it announced its latest offensive in April.
Most of them have targeted PKK rear-bases in the Mount Qandil area further east.
Turkish troops have maintained a network of bases in northern Iraq since the mid-1990s on the basis of security agreements struck with Saddam Hussein's regime.
The PKK has waged a rebellion in the mainly Kurdish southeast of Turkey since 1984 that has claimed more than 40,000 lives.