The Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq said that 5 members of the Peshmerga forces were killed today, Saturday, in an attack carried out by elements of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in the Mateen mountain range in the Amadiyah district in Dohuk governorate, and the Iraqi army has vowed to punish the PKK for this attack.
A statement by the Ministry of Peshmerga in the Kurdistan Regional Government stated that 5 peshmerga were killed, and 4 others were wounded in an ambush by PKK militants in the Mateen Mountains.
Sources from the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) stated that the Peshmerga began sending its forces to the party’s control areas in the Matin Mountains, without referring to the attack.
The spokesman for the Commander-in-Chief of the Iraqi Armed Forces, Major General Yahya Rasoul, said – in a statement – that the army will respond to the PKK attack, describing it as a cowardly terrorist attack, adding that the security forces have opened an investigation into the incident, and “every attacker on the blood and security of Iraqis will be punished.” fair”.
The British Consul General in Erbil (the capital of the Kurdistan region) James Thornton also condemned the attack carried out by the Labor Party on the Peshmerga forces, and offered – in a tweet on his Twitter account – his condolences to the families of the victims.
On the other hand, the so-called People’s Defense Forces, which is the military wing of the Kurdistan Workers Party, justified – in a statement – the ambush of the Peshmerga forces, with the presence of a movement of these forces in the party’s areas of influence in the Matin Mountains, describing this move as a stab in the back, adding that the area It is its area of control, and a war zone between the party and the Turkish forces.
The PKK is based in the Qandil Mountains in northern Iraq, and is active in many Iraqi cities and towns, and occupies 515 villages, according to a statement by the Kurdistan Democratic Party led by Massoud Barzani. The PKK launches attacks from time to time on Iraqi forces, including Peshmerga forces, in addition to other attacks inside Turkish territory.