Local authorities reported that the PKK terrorist organization has decreased the number of camps in Mosul following Turkish airstrikes in the Sinjar region last week. Speaking to local reporters, Qasim Shesho, a peshmerga commander in Sinjar, said PKK terrorists have begun to relocate themselves and scale down their military presence in the region by decreasing the number of camps. "The PKK suffered a large amount of militant losses and material damage as a result of the [Turkish] airstrikes. The organization has begun to decrease the number of camps near Mt. Sinjar to protect itself from possible further airstrikes. It also seeks new places for shelter," he said.
Turkish military forces carried out airstrikes last Monday on PKK targets located on Mt. Sinjar in northern Iraq and Mt. Karachok in northeastern Syria.
The Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) announced that the targets were hit to prevent the terrorist group from sending terrorists, arms, ammunition and explosives to Turkey, resulting in the deaths of 89 terrorists, including four high-level militants.
Ankara has been warning the PKK to withdraw its forces from the Sinjar area for a long time now. Both Sinjar and Karachok are located some 90 kilometers (56 miles) south of the border with Turkey.
Meanwhile, following the airstrikes, U.S. forces have started patrolling part of the Turkey-Syria border together with terrorists from the PKK's Syrian offshoot, the People's Protection Units (YPG).
According to the statement of the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), "Coalition forces are conducting joint patrols along the northeastern Syria-Turkey border to assess reports from both the [Syrian Democratic Forces] SDF and Turkey regarding skirmishes and cross-border fire between their respective security forces."
The purpose is "to discourage escalation and violence between two of our most trusted partners in the fight to defeat Daesh," the statement said, adding that all parties in the region should remain focused on defeating the terror group.
Speaking to the press regarding the issue before heading to India on Sunday, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said Turkey was concerned about U.S. flags flying alongside the flags of the YPG on convoys in Syria. He also noted that he will discuss the matter with U.S. President Donald Trump on May 16 when they meet.
"This needs to end. Otherwise, we will have to take the matter into our own hands," Erdoğan said, adding that Turkey will have to continue launching attacks against the YPG in the Karachok region in Syria and Sinjar in Iraq.
Meanwhile, the Russian army also reportedly stationed forces in certain locations between the Turkish border and PYD-controlled Afrin, in northeastern Syria.
In a photograph, reportedly taken in the region, Russian forces were seen with YPG terrorists. Also, the Russian media asserted that Russian commanders met with YPG seniors to open a new military base in Afrin.