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Turkey strikes YBS vehicles in Shingal, killing local PKK leader

By Rudaw 15/8/2018
An image from August 15, 2018, shows the damage of the Turkish air strikes in Shingal. Photo: Submitted to Rudaw
An image from August 15, 2018, shows the damage of the Turkish air strikes in Shingal. Photo: Submitted to Rudaw

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — Turkish war planes struck YBS-held areas of Shingal on Wednesday, killing local PKK head Zaki Shingali.


Khal Ali, a former YBS commander and a current Hashd al-Shaabi official, confirmed the killing of Zaki Shingali, the leader of all PKK forces in Shingal.

 

An archive photo of the slain local PKK leader Zaki Shingali speaking to Rudaw.


He added four YBS fighters were killed and Haval Mazlum, the general commander of YBS in Shingal was wounded.

 

Photo: Submitted to Rudaw

 

The Turkish military confirmed a joint operation between it and national intelligence carried out a joint operation on Wednesday in Shingal against the PKK and KCK, killing Ismail Ozden, also known as Zaki Shingali.


Acting Snune Mayor Khudaida Chuke told Rudaw that the jets targeted checkpoints of the Shingal Protection Units (YBS).

Qasim Shasho, a Peshmerga commander in Shingal, told Rudaw Turkish forces targeted a convoy of four YBS vehicles.

 

Photo: Submitted to Rudaw


 

A Yezidi activist group tweeted they were "very worried" about "more than five explosions."

 

 

The YBS, with ties to the PKK, has previously said it would only incorporate locals.

Snune is a sub-district of Shingal, located in northwestern Iraq in the Kurdistan Region. The Shingal region is the Yezidi homeland.

 

A Yezidi organization's executive director, Yazda co-founder Murad Ismael, tweeted that ISIS survivors were in the southern Shingal town of Kocho to mourn four years after the genocide.

 

 

The YBS convoy had returned from the fourth anniversary of the Yezidis massacre in Kocho village while they were targeted in the Sikne area near Snune, according to Shasho. 

The bombing came a day after Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi visited Ankara where he met Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. 

Abadi had said in his meeting with Erodgan that Iraq would not allow any group to threaten neighboring Turkey using Iraq's territory.

 

]Updated at 10:23 p.m.

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pre-Boomer Marine brat | 15/8/2018
"External enemies" are every dictatorships' favorite tool for invigorating the masses. I suggest (rather than focusing on what Der Rais says in his rally speeches), learn what the AKP minions are saying in the coffee shops and mosques. I wager that many are "reminding the faithful" -that- "everyone knows the Yezidis are kaffirs".
Emily | 15/8/2018
So now we know that Abadi has greenlighted Turkish attacks on Shengal and other Kurdish areas, 4 years ago the Turkish sponsored jihadist group ISIL massacred the Yezidis, now Turkey with the blessing of the Iraqi government is doing it directly.
DLL | 15/8/2018
let's see if the west will be as outraged now the turks are slaughtering yezidis as they were when IS was doing it
Azad | 15/8/2018
Don't care. These people are members or paid by Haashd al-Shaabi. They work with arabs against kurds in Iraq. Not all but some Yezidis don't even see themselves as kurds. If you ask them who they are they will say Yezidi not kurd.
Erhan | 15/8/2018
Local.. Terrorist leader.
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