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Female Journalist Severely Wounded in Kurdish Clashes in Northwestern Iraq

© AFP 2021 / SAFIN HAMED Iraqi Kurdish forces take part in an operation backed by US-led strikes on the outskirts of northern Iraqi town of Sinjar on November 12, 2015, to retake the town from the Islamic State group and cut a key supply line to Syria
Iraqi Kurdish forces take part in an operation backed by US-led strikes on the outskirts of northern Iraqi town of Sinjar on November 12, 2015, to retake the town from the Islamic State group and cut a key supply line to Syria - Sputnik International
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Female reporter Nujiyan Erhan of the Kurdish RojNews agency who was covering fighting in northwestern Iraq has been severely injured, the news agency reports.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The reporter was wounded while covering clashes between the so-called Rojava Peshmerga forces and the Yazidi Shingal Resistance Units (YBS).

"Erhan underwent surgery. Currently, she is in serious condition," RojNews said on Friday, adding that the journalist was injured in her head.

On Friday, the Rojava Peshmerga group attacked forces of the Yazidi Shingal Resistance Units (YBS) in the town of Knanesor, located in the northwestern Iraqi Shingal (Sinjar) area.

People of Shingal fought back, trying to stop the Rojava Peshmergas, and the local Yazidi Peshmerga forces were reportedly fighting the attackers as well.

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The Rojava Peshmerga group is a paramilitary wing of the Kurdish National Council, supported by the Sinjar region’s ruling Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP). The YBS armed group is allegedly loyal to the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), outlawed in Turkey.

Sinjar was fully liberated from Daesh, a terrorist group outlawed in Russia and many other countries, by Kurdish-led forces in November 2015. Daesh captured Sinjar in August 2014, during the terrorists' second northern Iraq offensive.

The Kurds comprise ancient tribal groups, which are currently living in parts of Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Syria. Kurdistan is an autonomous region of Iraq. Its status is formalized in the country’s constitution.

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