US Consulate condemns 'deadly PKK attack' on Peshmerga
A combination of photos of a destroyed Peshmerga armored vehicle and the logo of US Consulate General in Erbil. Graphic/Zhyan News Network
Zhyan News Network
SULAIMANI – US Consulate General in Erbil on Sunday (June 6) condemned an attack that killed five Peshmerga in Duhok’s Amedi, accusing the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) of responsibility.
“We condemn in the strongest terms the deadly PKK attack yesterday against our brave Peshmerga partners,” US Consulate General in Erbil said in a statement
The office of the Iraqi President, Barham Salih, also condemned the the recent attack carried out against Peshmerga.
“The spokesperson for the office of the President emphasized that these acts of aggression should be stopped, and noted that the military presence of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in Iraqi territory including in Kurdistan Region is an unlawful presence,” according to a readout from the Iraqi Presidency.
The Ministry of Peshmerga accused PKK of “ambushing” a convoy of Kurdish forces on Saturday (June 5) and using "heavy weapons" in the attack. The PKK, however, denied it and said it couldn’t determine the cause of the destruction of an armored vehicle which killed five Peshmerga.
“KDP forces entered a campground belonging to our forces in Metina region. Our forces opened fire into the air with guns with the intent of warning these KDP forces,” the PKK-affiliated People’s Defense Forces (HPG) said in a statement.
The Peshmerga Ministry said in a statement that the force was carrying out a military activity to restore security to the area before the ambush by the PKK.
"Peshmerga forces were conducting a military activity in Amedi's Mount Metina to protect the people, nearby villages and to restore stability to this area, but they were ambushed by a PKK force, as a result five Peshmerga were martyred and four other wounded," the statement read.
Since April 23, Turkey has started an operation against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in Duhok’s border areas and erected at least four new military bases adding up to almost forty others in the Kurdistan Region.
Turkey’s airstrike and shelling are almost a daily recurrence in the Kurdistan Region, more notably in the border areas. It launches cross-border operations every now and then.
The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has accused the PKK several times of causing Turkey’s aggression into the Region.