May 7, 2022

Sinjar becomes latest flashpoint for Iran-Turkey tensions in Iraq

Clashes between Iraqi security forces and a Yazidi militia known as the Shingal Resistance Units (YBS) may represent one of several new fronts in escalating tensions between Iran and Turkey in Iraq.

Turkey has intensified air, drone and artillery attacks against Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) targets beyond the remote, northern Qandil mountains of Iraq, Al Monitor says.

The most recent Turkish military operation, called Operation Claw Lock, is the latest phase of a campaign begun in 2019….

[T]he offensive is also linked to Turkey’s anti-PKK military operations in Syria.


In Iraq, both Baghdad and the Kurdistan Regional Government have publicly condemned Turkish attacks on PKK positions as violations of the country’s sovereignty….

Turkey has conducted cross-border operations against the PKK and maintained bases in northern Iraq since the 1980s, when Saddam Hussein was Iraq’s president.