BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:54 P.M.) – The Turkey-based Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) should not be on the ‘battlefield’ in Sinjar, northern Iraq, according to US State Department spokesperson Mark C. Toner.
“We understand some of the tensions on the ground with respect to, for example, the PKK, that we believe has no place on the battlefield and we consider to be a foreign terrorist organization,” he said on Tuesday.
“There have been discussions between the Government of Iraq and the KRG [Kurdistan Regional Government] with respect to western Nineveh, which is the area west of Sinjar – area around Sinjar to the west,” Toner explained.
He did not justify however why the US supporters the Syrian-branch of the PKK, the People’s Protection Units.
“Those discussions have focused generally on how to build stability in that particular region along the border with Syria that’s been liberated from ISIS. We’ve talked a lot about some of the complex battlespaces,” he continued.
“So there’s these ongoing efforts to address some of these tensions, better coordinate in the aftermath of when we liberate these areas or when the Iraqi Government and Iraqi Security Forces liberate these areas. I can say we’re very much aware of it and we’re in discussions on how to best deal with that,” he stated.