06/12/2020

NORTH IRAQ: Turkish warplanes enter Iraqi airspace and bomb villages in Jabal Karah

NOHADRA (DOHUK), Iraq – Two Turkish warplanes on Saturday evening entered Iraqi airspace and carried out raids on two villages at the foot of Jabal Karah (Karah mountain) in Dirlok district, Nohadra (Dohuk) province, Russia Today reports.

Turkey has been illegally bombing targets in northern Iraq and the Qandil mountains in an offensive since mid-June against, Turkey says, PKK positions. The Kurdistan Workers Party and Turkey are involved in a decades-long armed conflict and the PKK is designated a terrorist organization and outlawed in Turkey. Besides some public statements and outcries, the Kurdish Regional Government, dominated by the KDP of the Barzani family, which has warm relations with Turkey, has remained quite silent.

Dirlok district-governor Sami Barwari told Russia Today that the shelling targeted positions in the villages of Karkash and Sbindari, without causing casualties. According to local residents, the two warplanes returned to Turkish airspace following the raids.