Turkish airstrikes in Iraq against members of a banned Kurdish rebel group have killed at least four Yazidi fighters allied with the rebels, an Iraqi army official said Thursday.
The strikes, which took place on Wednesday, hit a military transporter in the northern city of Sinjar, Nineveh province, the army official said, speaking on condition of anonymity according to the regulations.
The pickup carried members of the Iraqi Yazidi militia, known as the Shingal Resistance Units, which is affiliated to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party [PKK], which is fighting an uprising in Turkey and has been banned by Ankara.
Kurdish television stations in northern Iraq reported that the Jewish commander Zardasht Shingali was among the dead and that another five fighters were injured in the strikes.
In Baghdad, five people were killed in the Sinjar attack, according to the Iraqi command. The various victim fees could not be compared immediately.
The Yazidi militia was founded in 2014 after the Islamic group overran much of northern Iraq in August this year and took over security in Sinjar after ISIS was driven out of the city in November 2015. It maintains close relationships with Kurdish groups such as the People’s Protection Units [YPG] in Syria and the PKK in Turkey.
Turkey has repeatedly attacked the positions of the Yazidi militia in Sinjar in order to shorten the PKK’s supply routes. A Turkish airstrike there last year killed Zaki Shingali, a PKK commander.
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Elsewhere in Iraq, the Iraqi command said at least four Iraqi soldiers were injured in a car bombing of a highway that led to a border crossing with Saudi Arabia.
No group immediately took responsibility for the attack, but it was suspected that it was carried out by remains of the Islamic group.