Heavy clashes have erupted between the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and Iraqi Peshmerga, an armed force of the Iraqi Autonomous Kurdistan Region, after PKK gunmen attacked Peshmerga positions in the Mount Matin district of Dohuk province.
According to reports at least 5 Peshmerga fighters were killed and 8 others were injured in the incident. Peshmerga forces were reportedly working to remove IEDs in the area, which the PKK seeks to keep under its influence.
Following the incident, Peshmerga deployed reinforcements to the area to track and neutralize the attackers. However, so far, no results have been achieved.
In any case, the situation in Dohuk province shows the growing tensions between the PKK and the leadership of the Kurdistan Region that has constructive relations with Turkey.
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