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YRK says 2 fighters killed in Turkey’s airstrike in Sulaimani's Galala

  2021-06-22  | 
 Zhyan News Network
File Photo - Three female fighters of Kurdistan Free Life Party (PJAK), who has waged an armed struggle against the Iranian authorities since 2004.
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – The East Kurdistan Defense units (YRK) said on Tuesday (June 22) that it had lost two of its fighters in a Turkish airstrike in Galala village northwest of Sulaimani two days ago.

The YRK is the military wing of the Kurdistan Free Life Party (PJAK). 

"There are attempts to hit our forces mainly through air strikes," the YRK Command said in a statement released by ANF news agency affiliated with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

"On June 19, 2021, a vehicle was bombed by a Turkish aircraft. In the vehicle were two of our friends who were returning from an assignment in Sharbajar [Sharbazher] district near Sulaimani,” read the statement, as it identified the casualties as Ekin and Adar

Found in 2004, PJAK is an armed Kurdish group considered as an offshoot to PKK in the Iranian Kurdistan, known as Rojhalat.  It is based in the mountainous areas in the Kurdistan Region’s Sulaimani governorate adjacent to Iran. 

It launches intermittent attacks against the Iranians security forces in Rojhalat, as it calling for self-determination for Kurds in Rojhalat and Iran.

PKK is an armed Kurdish opposition group that has launched a decades-old insurgency against the Turkish authorities, calling for Kurds’ cultural right in Turkey. 

Since April 23, Turkey has started a large-scale operation against the PKK in Duhok’s border areas and erected several military bases adding up to dozen others in the Region.

More than 40 villages have been evacuated in Darkar and Batifa towns in Zakho district of Duhok fearing Turkey's bombardments, an official previously told Zhyan.  A civilian has been killed and four others have been wounded in the Turkish bombardments since the new push was launched in late April. 

(Zhyan English)