Iraqi Kurds protest against Turkey, 3 police wounded

Kurdish people gather during a protest outside the headquarters of the United Nations (U.N.) Mission in Iraq in the northern Erbil province, north of Baghdad, February 7, 2016.

Kurdish people gather during a protest outside the headquarters of the United Nations (U.N.) Mission in Iraq in the northern Erbil province, north of Baghdad, February 7, 2016.


Protests against Turkey in Iraq’s northern Kurdish region have turned violent, with three police officers wounded.

Hundreds of protesters gathered Sunday outside the United Nations compound in the northern city of Irbil calling for an end to Turkish airstrikes against Kurdish militants. Local media reported that three police were wounded.

Turkey began launching airstrikes in Iraq and Syria in July 2015 as part of the U.S.-led coalition’s fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group.

In Syria it has targeted the ISIS group, while in Iraq it has taken aim at the Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK, which has waged a decades-long insurgency against Ankara.


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