Iraqi Parliament Denounces Turkish Strikes On Sinjar, Iraqi Borders
The Iraqi Parliament denounced Turkish air raids on Sinjar and the borders of Iraq, two days after Turkey launched airstrikes in Sinjar that killed five Peshmerga and one fighter from the Sinjar Resistance Units (YBS).
Iraq’s Council of Representatives condemned the air raids during a session which was held on Thursday (April 27).
Kurdish lawmaker in the Iraqi parliament, Rebwar Taha, said that Turkey had violated Iraq’s territory by launching airstrikes in the country.
“We call upon [United Nations] Security Council to halt Turkey for launching such actions,” the lawmaker added.
The Iraqi Parliament called on the foreign ministry to summon the Turkish ambassador in Baghdad for the air raids in the country.
Turkish warplanes shelled the Sinjar region at 2 am on Tuesday (April 25) resulting in the death of one member of the YBS, as well as five Peshmerga who were also based in Sinjar. Around the same time, Turkish airstrikes hit People’s Protection Units’ (YPG) buildings in northeastern Syria, killing at least 20 YPG members.
The Russian Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday (April 26) that the Turkish airstrikes on Iraq and Syria were “unacceptable” and that they were “inflicted on the territory of sovereign states.”
The Pentagon also expressed concern over the strikes regarding the lack of cooperation and dialogue.
In an apparent show of support for Kurdish partners on the ground, a military helicopter carrying U.S. military officials arrived at the headquarters of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) on Tuesday after it had been hit earlier in the day by Turkish airstrikes in the Mount Karachokh area near Al-Malikiyah (Derik).