Security sources said late on Sunday that the PKK terror group attacked Peshmerga soldiers of the Kurdish Regional Government of Iraq (KRG).
Local Peshmerga commander Major General Salar Teymur revealed that the terrorist group used rockets and machine guns, in an interview regarding the attack, which took place in Kani Masi village in Duhok province.
He noted that the terrorists were repelled without causing any casualties among the Peshmerga’s ranks.
Five Peshmerga soldiers were killed in a PKK ambush in Duhok, on June 5, 2021.
The PKK had occupied 515 villages on the border of Erbil, Duhok and Sulaymaniyah in 2015, according to official data from the KRG government. Of these, 304 were in Duhok province, while 177 were in Erbil and 34 in Sulaymaniyah.
The PKK retreated from the Turkish border into Iraq following Turkiye’s successful cross-border operations in recent years. In the last seven years, it occupied 285 more villages.
KRG Prime Minister Masoud Barzani emphasized, in a statement on February 27, 2021, that the authorities could not rebuild 800 villages because of the PKK, adding they would not tolerate the terror group’s presence in the region.