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IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — A Turkish strike in northern Iraq killed three Yazidi militiamen and wounded three others on Tuesday, regional officers stated. An area official affiliated with the militia disputed that account, saying none of its fighters have been killed, however {that a} shepherd died within the Turkish drone strike.

In line with the semi-autonomous Iraqi Kurdish regional authorities, the early morning strike within the district of Sinjar focused a headquarters of the Shingal Resistance Items, or YBS, within the village of Chumu-Khalaf.

An official with the central authorities in Baghdad, who spoke on situation of anonymity, stated the strike had focused a gathering of high-ranking YBS officers.

Naif Shemo, head of the Sinjar Yazidi council, instructed The Related Press that the realm focused by Turkish drones was an deserted Yazidi village the place a lot of the homes had been beforehand destroyed by the militant Islamic State group.

The YBS, made up of principally minority Yazidis, was instrumental in driving out Islamic State militants from Sinjar after the collapse of the Iraqi military and withdrawal of the semi-autonomous Kurdish forces in 2014. The IS militants’ takeover of Sinjar killed and captured about 10,000 Yazidis in assaults that the United Nations categorized as genocide.

Tuesday’s assault was the second such strike in simply over per week. The same strike on earlier this month killed three Yazidi militiamen, the Iraqi-Kurdish authorities stated. Additionally at the moment, an area official affiliated with the YBS denied any deaths.

The Turkish Protection Ministry didn’t reply to requests for remark. On Tuesday, Turkish Protection Minister Hulusi Akar stated that the Turkish navy had “neutralized 126 terrorists” up to now month, in accordance with Turkey’s state-owned broadcaster TRT.

The group has been a frequent goal of Turkish assaults lately for its ties to the rebel Kurdistan Employee’s Occasion, or PKK, a separatist motion banned in Turkey.

Continued violence in Sinjar has stunted beleaguered efforts to return Yazidis to their ancestral homeland within the province of Nineveh in northern Iraq after years of displacement.

Clashes final yr between the Yazidi militia and the Iraqi military in closely populated areas of war-scarred Sinjar precipitated as many as 10,000 individuals to flee the realm, a lot of whom had returned from earlier displacement, in accordance with Kurdish officers.

Tensions stay excessive between the numerous teams working in Sinjar. An influence-sharing settlement brokered by the U.N. in October 2020 between Baghdad and the Iraqi Kurdish native authorities, stating that the federal police are the only real state authority, has did not take maintain.


Related Press writers Suzan Fraser in Istanbul and Qassim Abdul-Zahra in Baghdad contributed to this report.

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