Iraq condemns airstrikes on targets in Sinjar

Source: Xinhua| 2021-08-19 01:45:33|Editor: huaxia

BAGHDAD, Aug. 18 (Xinhua) -- Iraq on Wednesday condemned the airstrikes by Turkish aircraft in Sinjar area in the northern province of Nineveh, stressing its rejection to the violation of sovereignty.

The Iraqi Ministerial Council for National Security, headed by Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi, held a meeting to discuss situation in the Sinjar area and the measures taken to maintain security there, according to a statement by al-Kadhimi's office.

"The council condemned the unilateral military actions that offend the principles of good neighborliness, and rejected the use of Iraqi territory to settle scores from any party," the statement said, referring to the recent airstrikes by Turkish aircraft on positions believed to be used by the outlawed Turkish Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) members in Sinjar.

The meeting came a day following an airstrike by a drone on a school building used by the PKK members near the town of Sinjar, leaving 18 PKK militants killed.

The PKK is seen by Turkey as a "terrorist" group, and the Turkish forces frequently carry out ground operations, airstrikes, and artillery bombardment against the positions in northern Iraq, especially the Qandil Mountains, the main base of the PKK.

The PKK is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States, and the European Union. Enditem

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