Khanasor. The Iraqi army has taken control of the western Shingal region in northern Iraq. Following the withdrawal of PKK fighters this morning, Iraqi military and police forces arrived in Senune from where the handover of PKK-held territories was arranged with YBŞ forces. The Syrian-Iraqi border is now under the full control of Iraq.

Addressing AKP supporters in Trabzon today, Turkish president Erdogan claimed that an operation against the PKK in Shingal had already started. There was, however, no evidence of a Turkish military incursion into Iraq. The Iraqi government condemned Turkey’s threats, stating that it would not accept a violation of its territorial integrity.

On Friday, the PKK decided to withdraw its forces from Shingal after Erdogan had threatened to target the region.

© ÊzîdîPress 25th March, 2018