Turkish artillery shells hit northern Iraq
Villagers say Turkish attacks in Kurdish populated area "not uncommon"
By News Desk - August 10 2021

The village of Merga in northern Iraq (AP Photo/Alice Martins).

Local sources in Iraq’s northern Dohuk Governorate reported on 8 August that the area had come under Turkish artillery shelling.

The district of Banki was especially affected by the sudden attack, which caused several families to be displaced from their homes.

According to local authorities, such attacks by Turkish forces are not uncommon in these villages. They also say that material damages and losses in the area are hard to assess due to the remoteness of the area.

Last week, Ankara reported the killing of two of its soldiers in northern Iraq following clashes with fighters from the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

Earlier this year, Turkey’s Interior Minister announced that the country was working on establishing a military base in Iraq’s Metina region, located near the Turkish border.

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