Published: Sun, March 25, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Baghdad condemns Turkish attacks on Kurds in northern Iraq

Baghdad condemns Turkish attacks on Kurds in northern Iraq

It's unclear how many PKK militants - if any - were killed, injured or captured in yesterday's military operation in Sirnak province.

The US has provided the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) with arms as part of its wider military cooperation with the group in Syria, despite Turkey repeatedly voicing concerns over the group's ties to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) - which has always been designated a terror organization by Turkey, the European Union and the US.

On Monday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned that the country's troops could cross into Iraq to drive out the PKK from the northern region of Sinjar if Baghdad government fails to do so.

Protesters, including around 400 fighters from the Free Syrian Army, blocked the road between Azaz city and Sijo town amid calls for Turkey's Operation Olive Branch to include Tal Rifaat to free the city from the terrorist group.

The Turkish prime minister has threatened military strikes against the group who Ankara and its allies consider to be terrorists.

Presently, Turkey's Armed Forces are preparing for the military operation in Sinjar town.

Earlier, Iraq's Foreign Ministry condemned Turkey's attacks in northern Iraq, describing them as "violations" that led to the death of a number of civilians in a statement released late Thursday.

Turkey launched the Afrin offensive on January 20 after the United States said it sought to create a 30,000-strong force near the Turkish border in Syria with the help of the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) militant group, which is mainly comprised of YPG forces.

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