Senior KCK member killed in Turkish attack in northern Iraq

An executive council member of the Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK), Diyar Garip Muhammed, died in an air attack by the Turkish Armed Forces on Qandil in northern Iraq on July 5, pro-Kurdish Fırat news agency (ANF) reported on Sunday.

The KCK confirmed the death of Xarib, also known as "Halmat Diyar," and vowed revenge for the attack that took place in the union's stronghold in Iraq, which claimed the lives of two other KCK members.

The KCK is an umbrella organisation that includes the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which has been fighting an armed insurgency for Kurdish self-rule in Turkey since 1984 and is labelled a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the United States, and the European Union. 

Turkey launched an operation against the PKK in the Hakurk region of northern Iraq on May 27 and has claimed to have killed 60 militants thus far.

More than 40,000 people, mostly Kurds, have been killed in the decades-long conflict between the PKK and the Turkish state.

The Turkish air force has targeted the Qandil mountain range in Iraq for years, but has failed to dislodge the PKK.