Member of Iraqi forces killed in clashes near Mount Sinjar
Shia Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF) and Iraqi army members gather on the outskirts of Hawija, Iraq. October 4, 2017. (Reuters) (Reuters)
Zhyan News Network
SULAIMANI – A member of the Iraqi security forces was killed on Sunday (March 14) during clashes with “a terrorist group” near the Syrian border area, the Iraqi Joint Operations Command said.
Iraqi forces managed to thwart an attempt by the militants to infiltrate into Iraq from Syria, a statement by the Iraqi Joint Operations Command read.
In another fight which continued for half an hour, the Iraqi armed forces clashed with a militant group on Mount Sinjar, it added without identifying the group.
“Our hero forces clashed with another terrorist group from inside the Iraqi territories on Mount Sinjar after the latter opened fire at the same regiment. The clashes continued for half an hour, after which the infiltration was aborted, and the terrorists fled into the Syrian territory.”
The security in Sinjar is volatile as Turkish authorities have threatened to attack the disputed territory in an excuse to attack the Kurdistan Worker's' Party (PKK) there.
Armed groups within the Iran-backed Iraqi Government-sponsored Popular Mobilization Forces have reportedly recruited in preparation to thwart any offensive by Turkey.
In October, 2020, the Iraqi federal government and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) inked an agreement to normalize situation in the war-ravaged Sinjar district, including the removal of the non-federal armed forces and facilitation to the return of the displaced Ezidi minority, who mostly reside in the internally displaced persons (IDP) camps in the Kurdistan Region.