Against the backdrop of the continuing presence of the PKK fighters in the Shingal area of northern Iraq, it is reported that they have recently set up a military base in the Kerecux area around the refugee camp in Makhmur in Kurdistan Region.
“The PKK was previously also present in Makhmur. However, now it has significantly increased the strength of its forces in the area. When two years ago Daesh attacked the camp in Makhmur, the PKK members arrived in Mahmur to protect the civilians,” Mihemed told Sputnik Turkey, using the Arabic acronym of the Islamic State (IS).
He further said that after the expulsion of IS from Makhmur, the members of the PKK settled in the town and increased their grip on the mountains of Kerechuh, near the Makhmur refugee camp.
The head said that he does not have information about how many PKK members are present in Makhmur right now, but their presence is certainly not needed anymore because there is no threat from IS, as the terrorists have been driven away.
“Currently, there are 2,700 families living in Makhmur. There are also a total of 12,000 people living in the refugee camp,” Mihemed said.
Mihemed stressed that Peshmerga forces provide the security in the area and that they are sufficient.
The refugee camp in Makhmur was established in 1998 under the aegis of the UN Iraqi government of that period. After IS terrorists were driven out of Makhmur, the area was taken over by Peshmerga forces.
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