A top commander of the armed wing of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in Iraq’s northern Sinjar area has warned that if clashes resume between his militia and the Peshmerga, the fighting forces of the ruling political party in Iraq’s Kurdistan, that would spread across the entire region.
Speaking to Kurdish daily Yeni Ozgur Politika on Sunday, Egid Civyan told the Kurdish daily Yeni Ozgur Politika on Sunday that they will take full precautions against possible clashes.
“All the people of Kurdistan should know this: resumption of clashes in Shingal [Sinjar] will not just remain here but spread across Kurdistan. If Kurdish people do not take a stand against the Turkish state and KDP’s mercenaries then we will be faced with losses for another hundred years.”
The ruling Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and its associated Peshmerga forces, dominate Iraq’s Kurdistan and has healthy and functioning ties with Turkey. Turkey recognizes the PKK as a terrorist group.
The commander also claimed that the Peshmerga forces who had arrived in the Khanasor neighbourhood of Sinjarwere not really Peshmerga fighters but mercenaries trained by the Turkish government, Kom News reported.
“The way they came here and deployed, their arms, vehicles and numbers revealed their true intentions. When they began preparing to attack, the YBS (Yazidi Shingal Resistance Units) approached them for dialogue. But they reacted angrily and threatened the YBS fighters,” Civyan said.
The commander also rejected claims by Peshmerga Forces Spokesperson Helgurd Hikmat that their forces had been prevented from entering the area.
“Peshmerga forces have never been prevented in areas under the control of the YBS or PKK. But these mercenaries are paramilitary gangs; there are former ISIS and Al-Nusra members responsible for the Yazidi genocide amongst them, as well as elements who participated in the war against Kurds in northern Kurdistan (southeast Turkey).”
Civyan revealed that the KDP called them requesting that clashes end after three hours of fighting.
“We told them we would mediate and clashes stopped. I was present at the meeting alongside representatives of the YBS and KDP. We told the KDP we did not want tensions to escalate, ‘We are going through a historic process and clashes between Kurds will only favor our enemies. Especially the Turkish state,’ we said. However the official rejected withdrawal and said they had come to Shingal for a mission.”
The PKK commander explained how his forces came to stop the genocide against the Yazidis when the Peshmerga forces abandoned their positions and that they were in favor of peacefully settling the issue.
“We came here in 2014 to stop the massacre of Yazidis, and the area is not still not safe from these forces,” he said.