Turkey withdraws from part of Iraqi Kurdistan: PKK

The Turkish army withdrew from the two regions of Varkhala and Tabura Arban in northern Iraqi Kurdistan.

According to Firat News Agency, the Kurdistan People's Defense Forces (HPG) [the military branch of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK)] issued a statement announcing that the Turkish armed forces had withdrawn from the regions of Varkhala and Tabura Arban.

Meanwhile Mesopotamia reported that the Turkish Armed Forces, are accused of using chemical weapons in these areas for some time, withdrew from the regions as they failed to achieve their goals.

According to the report, the Turkish Armed Forces have killed at least 5 HPG members using chemical weapons in these two areas.

Varkhala and Tabura Arban are two areas where Turkey has been conducting overseas operations against the PKK members since April 23.

Turkish state media have so far not confirmed or denied the reports.

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