Iraqi Kurdistan parliament to send delegations to areas bombed by Turkey, Iran

Iraqi Kurdistan’s regional parliament will send four separate delegations to areas in northern Iraq that have been recently targeted by the Turkish and Iranian armed forces, the news website Rudaw reported on Sunday.

Turkey's air and land operations “Claw-Eagle” and “Claw-Tiger” were launched in mid-June against the bases of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and affiliated groups in northern Iraq.

Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) lawmaker Çiya Hemid told Rudaw that the delegations were commissioned at the request of Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Parliament.

“The commissions will visit the border regions in Zaho, Amedi, Erbil, and Sulaymaniyah. Another commission, consisting of 11 people, will examine the Duhok, Batifa and Zaho borders as two groups. Another group will examine the developments in Amedi,” Hemid said.

The delegations will submit their findings to the regional parliament’s presidency as a single report. Hemid said the report will then be discussed in the regional parliament.

Since June 17, at least six Iraqi civilians have been killed as Turkish air strikes have pounded PKK targets in the region.

Turkey regularly targets PKK in operations in northern Iraq and on home soil.

The PKK, designated a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the United States and European Union, has been fighting an insurgency against the Turkish state for four decades.