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Turkish warplanes shell Amedi district for second time in one day

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Turkish military jets shelled areas around the district of Amedi in the Kurdistan Region for a second time, nearly four hours after airstrikes hit the foothills of a mountain in the district. NRT correspondents, Nihad Oramari and Abdulstar Rekani, said the Turkish warplanes conducted airstrikes around Kesta village in Barwari Balla area at 3:30 p.m. According to residents in the area, the Turkish jets conducted airstrikes three times near the village creating “fear and anxiety” amongst the residents.  The airstrikes also caused a fire to break out in a nearby forest, the correspondents added. Casualties are still unclear. The air raids came just hours after Turkish warplanes shelled the foothills of Alhwiy Mountain in the district of Amedi, northeast of Duhok province in the Kurdistan Region, around 12 p.m. on Tuesday. Turkey has shelled areas in and around Amedi district seven times in the last month.




KRG premier meets Erdogan in Istanbul.

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Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul, three days after Turkish warplanes launched air raids in Sinjar that killed five Peshmerga. The 45-minute meeting was held at Yildiz Palace in Istanbul. Barzani held talks at Yildiz Palace in Istanbul at 4 p.m. on Friday (April 28), according to Anadolu Agency, yet the content of the meeting was not then revealed. Yeni Safak news reported the leaders discussed Turkish operations to eliminate the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in Sinjar and that Turkey and the Kurdistan Region are against the PKK camps in the region. Barzani said new operations would be carried out against the PKK, Yeni Safak reported. Barzani and the KRG Minister of Natural Resources attended the two-day Atlantic Council Istanbul Summit 2017 April 28, which began on April 27. The Atlantic Council hosts world leaders for the eighth time in Turkey, focusing on regions from Syria to Africa and the Black Sea region to the eastern Mediterranean. Issues on the international agenda regarding the economy, national security, energy, trade and the Syrian refugee crisis are discussed. Erdogan said during the summit that Turkey would not allow any political party to be created in Rojava (Kurdish controlled areas in northern Syria). Turkish military jets launched airstrikes on Kurdish fighters in Sinjar and northern Syria on April 25, killing five members of Peshmerga forces, one fighter of Sinjar Resistance Units (YBS) and 20 members of People’s Protection Units (YPG). The airstrikes have raised the concern of the United States, Russia and the Coalition forces as well as Iran and Egypt.


Turkish warplanes kill 6 PKK members in Zab region.

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Turkish army announced , that the Turkish air force had attacked Zab region in Kurdistan, targeting shelters of Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). The attack resulted in killing 6 PKK members, Turkish media reported. Zab is river which flows across the Turkish-Iraqi border. On Tuesday, The Turkish warplanes strike different areas of Shingal Mountains resulted in killing and injuring 15 Peshmerga fighters. An informed source told PUK media that in the early hours of Tuesday , the Turkish warplanes had bombarded many areas in Shingal, targeting positions of Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) fighters, the airstrikes had bombarded Peshmerga positions which resulted in killing 5 soldiers and injuring 10 others.


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