Turkey’s bombing of Kurdistan in northern Iraq continues, as President Erdogan once again spoke out about the attack on Sinjar. “Maybe one night we will suddenly come to get Sinjar,” he stated. The attacks come just days after Turkey’s defense minister visited Iraq and the Kurdistan Region.
Turkish Air Force also severely targeted areas near Haji Imran, killing about 300 sheep in one of the attacks.
An eyewitness living at the foot of Gara mountain near the border with Turkey stated, “Turkish warplanes bombarded the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) positions today at 2:30pm. A bomb hit near our house, breaking the window glass.
As a result, my brothers Salih, 10, and Islam, 15, were injured due to the broken glass,” he told Rudaw News.
The mayor of Chamanke, Alend Amir, confirmed the bombardment and the injuries, saying “both injured people were moved to Chamanke Hospital and were given necessary treatment.”
Turkey’s defense ministry said in a statement Friday afternoon that they “neutralized” four members of the PKK in an airstrike in the Gara area of the Duhok province. Ankara uses the word “neutralize” to denote death, injury, or capture of its adversaries.
Turkey launched a new air and ground military operation in the Kurdistan Region in mid-June last year, on the grounds of targeting alleged PKK positions. The ground operation was “successfully completed” in September but the air campaign still continues.
Two villages in the Haji Omran district of Erbil province, on the Iranian border, were also bombarded on Friday.
Abdulwahab Mahmoud, mayor of Haji Omran, told Rudaw that the eastern parts of Gundazhur village came under attack by Turkey. But the village “is usually empty during this season, so there were no casualties.”
Bardarukhaw village was also bombed, he confirmed.