Turkey carried out a drone strike near the Serdesht refugee camp in Sinjar (Shengal), northern Iraq on Thursday, Roj News reported.
The strike occurred at 20:30 local time, targeting a Sinjar Resistance Units (YBŞ) military base near the Serdesht refugee camp in Sinjar (Shengal). Erbil-based Kurdistan Counter-Terrorism unit reported casualties, without giving details. No further information is available at the time of writing this article.
Turkey has been using armed drones in Iraqi Kurdistan as part of its anti-terrorism efforts, targeting what officials state are fighters and positions of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), an organisation Ankara designates as terrorists. The previous strike occurred on 23 September, when civilian homes in a residential area were damaged.
Sinjar suffered intense attacks by the jihadist Islamic State (ISIS) in 2014, followed by a year-long occupation until it was liberated by PKK fighters, Iraqi Kurdish troops, and when the YBŞ, established within the local Yazidi population, joined the efforts. YBŞ assumed responsibility for the region’s security after the liberation.