An airstrike on a military airport in northern Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdish area killed three individuals Monday, native officers mentioned.
The area’s counter-terrorism service mentioned in a press release that the assault on the Arbat Airport, 28 kilometers southeast of town of Suleimaniyah killed three of its personnel and injured three members of the Kurdish Peshmerga forces.
The airport had just lately undergone rehabilitation to facilitate the coaching of anti-terror models affiliated with the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, one of many two often-competing most important events within the area, whose seat of energy is in Sulaymaniyah.
The counter-terrorism service didn’t blame the assault on any celebration, however the Sulaymaniyah governorate in a press release urged “countries in the region to respect the sovereignty of the Kurdistan Region and Iraq,” implying that the strike was carried out by Turkey.
Also on Monday, the Kurdistan National Congress, an umbrella group of Kurdish teams and events, mentioned in a press release that one among its members was “assassinated” contained in the group’s workplace in Erbil with out giving additional particulars.
Turkey usually launches strikes against targets in Syria and Iraq that it believes to be affiliated to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, a Kurdish separatist group that has waged an insurgency towards Turkey because the Eighties.
In April, Turkey closed its airspace to flights to and from the Sulaymaniyah International Airport, citing an alleged improve in Kurdish militant exercise threatening flight security.
Days later, the Syrian Democratic Forces — Kurdish-led forces working in northeast Syria which might be allied to the United States in its battle towards the Islamic State however thought of by Turkey to be an offshoot of the PKK — accused Turkey of launching a strike on the airport when SDF commander Mazloum Abdi was on the web site. Abdi was unhurt.