As Turkey Intensifies War on Kurdish Militants in Iraq, Civilians are Suffering

Nidal Mahmoud reacts with her two daughters, Dalal Ziad and Baraa Ziad, after the killing of her husband Ziyad Khadr and her daughter Ryam Ziad, who were killed in a drone strike in the northern Iraqi province of Sulaimaniya, in Mosul, Iraq, August 14, 2023. REUTERS/Khalid Al-Mousily

Seventeen-year-old Samir Saado was finishing his cleaning shift at the village medical centre when an airstrike hit the building. “I didn’t see anything other than dust and smoke,” said Saado, a member of Iraq’s minority Yazidi community. “My leg was stuck under the rubble. I called for help and people were coming but the planes kept striking.”

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