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PostAuthor: Anthea » Wed Apr 15, 2020 10:18 pm

Turkey carries out multiple
strikes in northern Iraq


Turkish airstrikes have killed three civilians in Makhmour and destroyed a Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) shelter in Rawanduz in two separate attacks on Wednesday, according to local officials

“Turkish warplanes targeted a PKK shelter in Zeni Warte area in Rawanduz district, which is only 200 meters away from the headquarters of the Peshmerga 7th brigade,” claimed Kwistan Ahmed, the head of Rawanduz district.

The shelter was, according to Ahmed, established by PKK guerrillas a week ago between two telecommunication towers.

“The bombardment also resulted in destroying two telecommunication towers that belong to Korek Telecom and Asia cell,” Ahmed said.

Turkey claims that four PKK members were killed in the strike in Rawanduz, which is to the northeast or Erbil.

“4 PKK terrorists neutralized by an air operation in Qandil in northern Iraq. Our operations will continue until the last terrorist is neutralized,” Turkey’s defense ministry tweeted on Wednesday.

Firat News Agency (ANF), a news portal with close ties to the PKK, reported aerial attacks by Turkish warplanes in the area, but did not claim any damage on PKK targets.

The PKK is an armed group which has fought a decades-long war with the Turkish state for greater political and cultural rights for Kurds in Turkey. It is considered a terrorist organization by Turkey and its Western allies.

A commander of the 7th brigade of Peshmerga forces, who spoke with Rudaw on the condition of anonymity, said that the Turkish bombardment of Zeni Warti on Wednesday caused light injuries to four Peshmerga fighters belonging to the 7th brigade.

“Four Peshmerga in our brigade [...] sustained minor injuries,” the commander said.

According to Bakhtiyar Qadir, a Rudaw reporter in Rawanduz, two Turkish warplanes also targeted areas of Zeni Warti just hours before on Tuesday night.

Makhmour strike

PKK affiliated-media outlet Roj News reported on Wednesday that Turkish warplanes have also targeted an area in Makhmour district, sixty kilometres southwest of Erbil city.

Three civilians were killed in the Turkish airstrikes, Bewar Amin, the head of Makhmour Camp’s media department, told Rudaw English on Wednesday.

“Today around 13:00, Turkish warplanes conducted airstrikes outside of Makhmour camp,” Amin claimed.

“Three civilian women were killed by the Turkish airstrike today near Makhmour camp,” Bewar said. “Two women were killed immediately by the airstrikes, and another woman succumbed to her grave injuries and passed away later on.”

Makhmour camp hosts more than 12,000 Kurdish refugees who fled persecution by the Turkish state, largely in the 1990s. The camp has a governing council. An armed force, the Makhmour Protection Units, was established in 2014 when ISIS militants attacked the area. The units are believed to have ties to the PKK.

Last December, an airstrike on the camp killed three and injured seven.

The PKK is headquartered in the Qandil mountains in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, near the border with Turkey and Iran.

Turkey routinely launches land and air operations against the group within its borders, in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI), as well territories disputed between the KRI and Iraq's central government, such as Shingal and Makhmour. It also regularly targets Kurdish forces in northern Syria, accusing them of ties with the PKK.

The PKK does not usually release statements on Turkish operations against them unless they suffer major losses or a senior commander is killed.

The conflict has claimed the lives of more than 40,000 people on both sides, including civilians, according to the International Crisis Group (ICG).

A ceasefire came into effect in 2013 during a short-lived peace process, which lasted until July 2015, when the talks collapsed.

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Re: Turkey carries out multiple strikes in northern Iraq

PostAuthor: Anthea » Fri Apr 17, 2020 11:29 pm

Turkey bombs refugees in Iraq

Turkey claims it is striking “terrorists,” but locals are concerned airstrikes come amid increased instability, ISIS resurgence and target vulnerably minorities

Turkish drones and warplanes flew into Iraq airspace and bombed near a refugee camp near Makhmour on Wednesday, killing and wounding several people. Iraq’s top security cell for media reporting that its air defense monitored a Turkish violation of Iraqi airspace and that at least two women “residents of the camp were victims of the bombardment.” Iraqi media reported in the evening of April 15 that the death toll at the refugee camp had risen to three.

It is not the first time Turkey has carried out airstrikes against refugees and in areas where minorities, such as Yazidis, live in northern Iraq. Ankara claims it is striking “terrorists” but has never presented any evidence that its airstrikes have eliminated anyone involved in recent terror attacks against Turkey.

The day was a somber one in Iraq where people are in lockdowns due to the coronavirus. Iraq’s strained health care system has made it difficult for the country to confront the virus threat. In areas in northern Iraq people are recovering from the ISIS war. In Makhmour refugee camp which is near the border line between the Kurdistan autonomous regional government and Iraqi Security forces the refugees and internally displaced people face daily hardships and difficulty transiting checkpoints to find work. Despite the fact that the camp is contained within security checkpoints and the area is already threatened by a resurgent ISIS, Turkey carries out airstrikes with impunity.

The day before the airstrikes the new Prime Minister designate of Iraq Mustafa al-Kadhimi posted about the “deep sadness” of the anniversary of the “Anfal genocide against the Kurds. This dark events reminds us that a government that commits crimes against its people loses legitimacy. We must heal the wounds of the past and build a brighter future.” The next day Turkish airstrikes took away the future of several people in Iraq.

Reports at Rudaw noted that the “Turkish airstrikes have killed three civilians in Makhmour and destroyed a Kurdistan Workers Party shelter in Rawanduz in two separate attacks on Wednesday.” One airstrike occurred within 200 meters of a Peshmerga unit in Rawanduz. The Peshmerga are the armed forces of the Kurdistan government. The Turkish attack destroyed the small shelter but also destroyed two telecom towers used by Korek in northern Iraq. Turkey claimed that “four PKK terrorists were neutralized in the attack.”

For members of the Yazidi minority Wednesday was the new year in Iraq. The minority was targeted for genocide by ISIS and is still struggling more than five years after thousands of Yazidis were sold into slavery and massacred in northern Iraq. Turkey has used Yazidi events in the past to target Yazidis, also alleging they are linked to “terrorists” and the PKK. In August 2018 a Turkish airstrike killed a Yazidi man returning from a commemoration event for victims of the genocide. Ankara claimed it had targeted Mam Zeki Shingali, a PKK member. The far-left PKK and affiliated groups helped to save thousands of Yazidis from ISIS in August 2014 and continued to fight ISIS for years.

Several Yazidi women and children have alleged they were trafficked by ISIS to Turkey. Families of senior ISIS members have moved via to Turkey to Idlib. Turkish-backed Syrian rebels have kidnapped and ethnically cleansed Yazidis in Afrin after the January 2018 invasion and in October 2019 when Turkey against invaded and occupied parts of northern Syria hundreds of more Yazidis had to flee the Turkish invasion and human rights abuses by Turkish-backed Syrian militants. Turkey carried out more airstikes in Yazidi areas in November 2019 and January 2020.

It appears Turkey uses the airstrikes against vulnerable minorities in Iraq and unstable areas as a way to claim it is “fighting terror” abroad when in fact it is only carrying out airstrikes in areas where it can because there is no air defense in northern Iraq and the government cannot prevent Turkey’s incursions. Turkey has been frustrated in its invasions of northern Syria as Russia has kept its air force from flying freely. Turkey may be using Iraq to test its drones because it has a ceasefire in Syria with the Syrian regime and its drones increasingly face threats in Libya where Turkey is involved in another military campaign.

Turkey carried out other airstrikes in Makhmour in November 2019. Photos showed that one of the errant missiles killed a fox. The US-led Coalition, in cooperation with Iraqi Security Forces and Peshmerga has carried out airstrikes and raids against ISIS cells near Makhmour. In early March two US forces were killed fighting ISIS in the area. Turkey does not carry out airstrikes on ISIS in Iraq, only against Kurds and Yazidis. Turkish media showed stock images of F-16s in reports of it “neutralizing PKK terrorists,” but Turkish media reported the “neutralizing” took place in Qandil, not Makhmour, leading to questions about why Turkey also carried out strikes on the refugee camp area.

Turkey, a NATO member, has never recently or publicly investigated or apologized for raids in which its airforce has killed civilians. Other NATO members often investigate their airstrikes and provide accountability for airstrikes that kill civilians. International organizations, including the UN and Amnesty International have called upon Turkey to stop groups it supports from committing crimes in Syria. So far they have not commented on Turkey’s airstrikes in Iraq.

Iraq has complained to Turkey in the past about its attacks. It summoned Turkey’s ambassador in December 2018 over airstrikes and in January 2019 after Turkish troops in Iraq shot a demonstrator. Iraq is in the middle of a political crises and has a difficult time rallying any international support to protest Turkey’s attacks. The coronavirus crises leaves Iraq vulnerable and the US-led Coalition is repositioning troops and withdrawing from bases, meaning Iraq will have even more struggles ahead, in addition to dealing with Turkey’s attacks.

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Re: Turkey bombs refugees in Iraq

PostAuthor: Anthea » Sat Apr 18, 2020 3:44 pm

Baghdad summons Turkish
ambassador after airstrikes


Turkey’s ambassador to Baghdad, Fatih Yildiz, was summoned by the Iraqi foreign ministry on Thursday, a day after Turkish jets attacked two suspected Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) positions in northern Iraq

Baghdad accused Ankara of violating its airspace, but Turkish officials insisted the strikes were justified under international laws guarding the right to self-defense.

Turkish jets launched two separate strikes on Wednesday – one in the Kurdistan Region’s Rawanduz district and another near a refugee camp in Makhmour, 60 km southwest of Erbil city.

Ankara claims it “neutralized” four PKK fighters in Rawanduz, while the PKK put the number at three.

Turkish authorities use the word “neutralized” to imply targets were killed or captured.

In a statement, Iraq’s foreign ministry said it summoned Ambassador Yildiz on Thursday “on the background of a Turkish army fighter plane violating Iraqi airspace, and bombing a refugee camp near Makhmour that claimed the lives of two women.”

The foreign ministry did not specify whether the women were armed.

Turkey has not confirmed any casualties in the attack near the camp, but Bewar Amin, the head of the camp, claimed three civilians were killed.

“Three civilian women were killed by the Turkish airstrike today near Makhmour camp,” Bewar told Rudaw on Wednesday. “Two women were killed immediately by the airstrikes, and another woman succumbed to her grave injuries and passed away later on.”

The Iraqi foreign ministry earlier condemned the strike, saying Turkish attacks “will not contribute to ensuring Turkey’s security, and are not in the interest of security and stability in the region.”

‘Terror nest’

Speaking to Turkey’s state-owned Anadolu Agency (AA), Yildiz confirmed he had been summoned by the Iraqi foreign ministry and had told Iraqi officials the attacks were carried out in accordance with international law.

“I told my counterparts that Turkey’s operations against the PKK targets in northern Iraq are sourced from international law and the United Nation’s legitimate defense requirement,” he said, in comments published by HaberTurk.

“Turkey will continue using its legitimate defense right as long as the PKK threat against Turkey from Iraq is not ended,” the ambassador added.

Regarding the attack near the refugee camp, the ambassador said: “I told my counterparts Makhmour camp has been turned into a terror nest, and that this has to be resolved as soon as possible.”

Makhmour camp hosts more than 12,000 Kurdish refugees who have fled persecution by the Turkish state, largely in the 1990s. The camp has a governing council and an armed force, the Makhmour Protection Units, established in 2014 when ISIS militants attacked the area. The units are believed to have ties to the PKK.

The PKK is headquartered in the Qandil Mountains of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, near the border with Turkey and Iran. The group fights for greater cultural and political rights for Kurds in Turkey, but is seen by Ankara and its Western allies as a terrorist organization.

Turkey routinely launches land and air operations against the PKK within its borders, inside the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, and in the territories disputed between the Region and Iraq’s central government, such as Shingal and Makhmour. It also regularly targets Kurdish forces in northern Syria, accusing them of also fostering ties with the PKK.

The decades-long conflict between the Turkish state and the PKK has claimed the lives of more than 40,000 people on both sides, including civilians, according to the International Crisis Group (ICG).

A ceasefire came into effect in 2013 during a short-lived peace process, which lasted until July 2015, when the talks collapsed.

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Re: Turkey bombs refugees in Iraq

PostAuthor: Anthea » Sat Apr 18, 2020 11:38 pm

KCK: Plans to attack and
occupy Qandil are underway


The Executive Council Co-presidency of the Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK) released a statement on Wednesday's attacks on the Maxmur refugee camp and the Zinê Wertê area in the Qandil region. Three civilians and three guerrilla fighters were killed in the air raids of the Turkish state on the Maxmur refugee camp and the guerrilla area in the hamlet of Zinê Wertê, where the KDP has deployed troops, on the same day.

A common policy pursued against Maxmur

Remarking that the Turkish state and the KDP pursue a common policy for the dissolution of the Maxmur camp, the statement underlined that: “The Turkish state is attacking Maxmur because of the camp population's ties to Rêber Apo [Abdullah Öcalan] and the PKK. The KDP justifies these attacks with the PKK's influence there. And the Turkish state legitimises its attacks by referring to these remarks of a Kurdish party.

The Maxmur refugee camp is located in an area under the responsibility of both Iraq and the Federation of Southern Kurdistan. It is under the protection of the UNHCR. Neither the UN nor Iraq and the KDP have yet reacted to the numerous air attacks that have targeted the camp up to date. Only during the latest attack did the Iraqi state take the necessary attitude and react", the KCK said.

KDP can’t tolerate Maxmur people’s attachment to Rêber Apo

The KCK statement continued: "The people of Maxmur resisted the ISIS in 2014 and held the gate to Hewlêr [Erbil]. The attitude of the KDP cannot be accepted by any Kurd or person with a conscience. The KDP cannot tolerate the attachment of the people of Maxmur to Rêber Apo and wants to make the people capitulate to its policies.

The people of Maxmur believe that they are being bombed by the Turkish state because they have not given in to the pressure of the KDP. They say that the embargo and the siege, which have been in place for ten months, are also continuing for this reason. Our people in all four parts of Kurdistan want the KDP to lift the embargo and adopt a manner against the attacks of the Turkish state.

Information about the guerrilla location came from the KDP camp

The KDP has established a Peshmerga base in Zinê Wertê to besiege the guerrilla area. Three guerrilla fighters from Rojhilat [Eastern Kurdistan], Rojava [Western Kurdistan] and Bakur [Northern Kurdistan] were killed in the air raid on Zinê Wertê. The three-man guerrilla unit had gone to the camp of the KDP Peshmerga before and asked them to leave because their presence there is not right. Afterwards the guerrilla group left there and camped at a nearby place. One day later the Turkish Air Force bombed their camp and the three guerrilla fighters fell. The air raid was the result of a denunciation. There are neither residential houses nor nomadic tents near the guerrilla site. This means that the information about their location was transmitted from the KDP camp.

Qandil is wanted to be occupied

The deployment of the KDP forces at a point dominating the guerrilla area took place after the Turkish state agreed with the KDP on the siege of the Qandil region and provided information that an attack on Qandil would take place in due course. Without the support of the KDP, the Turkish state cannot attack Qandil. If there were no attack and occupation plan for Qandil, there would be no KDP presence in Zinê Wertê issue. It is quite obvious that the Turkish state will provide the KDP with the necessary support if a conflict with the guerrillas arises. This is revealed by the attack on the small guerrilla group after their visit to the KDP camp.

The Turkish state is trying all ways and methods to smash the Kurdish liberation movement. Wherever there is a Kurdish achievement, it attacks there. The Kurdish public knows only too well how the Turkish state behaved after the independence referendum in Southern Kurdistan in 2017. Stirring up conflicts among the Kurdish political movements is a fundamental method of the Turkish state in fighting the Kurdish liberation movement. Within this framework, an armed conflict between the KDP and the PKK is intended to be provoked. Even other political forces are being urged to take a stand against the PKK.

Despite the Turkish state’s attitude on the 2017 referendum, relations between Turkey and the KDP have been strengthened in recent years. The occupation operation in Xakurke has also taken place within the framework of these relations. And now Qandil is intended to be attacked on the basis of these relations. The presence of the KDP in Wertê does not allow any other conclusion. The KDP thus follows the Turkish state's calculation to provoke a direct conflict between the KDP and the PKK.

KDP’s deployment in the mentioned region is unacceptable

We don't want conflicts with any Kurdish political movement. We thought that the fights between Kurdish parties are over. We attached great importance to this despite many different negative developments. However, it is not acceptable that the KDP station military forces in an area from which Qandil can be controlled. The PUK has also shown its unease about this.

By moving military units to Wertê, the KDP wants to drive the guerrillas out of the area. This is of course taking place at the request of the Turkish state. Basically, the KDP has declared war on the guerrilla. This is revealed by the Turkish air attack on the three guerrilla fighters who told the KDP Peshmerga that their presence in Wertê is not right.

KDP’s withdrawal would be in the interest of the Kurdish people

We wanted to explain to the KDP in an appropriate way that the step it had taken was not the right one and could lead to tensions and fights. We have informed them that all forces must remain in their positions. However, our responsible approach was disregarded and resulted in the death of three guerrilla fighters. The presence of the KDP in Wertê does not serve any Kurdish interests and only means insisting on an attitude that delights the enemies of the Kurds. The withdrawal of the KDP would benefit the whole Kurdish people. This is what our people, the Kurdish public and all friends of the Kurds expect from the KDP.

People should stand against inner Kurdish conflict

The siege of Qandil by the KDP and its insistence on its presence there as part of the Turkish attacks and annihilation policy concerns the free and democratic life of the entire Kurdish people. There is now a conscious Kurdish folk and a conscious public. It is a patriotic and democratic obligation that all Kurdish political forces respect this will. The Kurdish people, its intellectuals and artists and the whole Kurdish public must make it clear that they do not accept this situation. In such situations, the attitude of our people and the Kurdish public is the best intervention.

KDP is making a historical mistake

The KDP openly unleashes its peshmergas on our liberation movement. This step is of no advantage to anyone but the Turkish state and the enemies of the Kurds. With regard to the interests of the Kurdish people, the KDP is making a historical mistake in which it wants to involve the Kurdish liberation movement as well. Therefore, it is very important that the Kurdish people and their friends manifest their stance immediately.

We still expect the KDP to act with common sense. We hope that the current tension will come to a positive end and that no situation will develop out of it that will bring joy to the enemies of the Kurds. It is our greatest wish that the death of the guerrilla fighters will not be the cause for armed conflict, but that a positive situation will develop from it.

We believe that all Kurdish political forces, our people, the Kurdish public and our friends will fulfil their necessary role. We express our condolences to the relatives of the martyrs of Maxmur and Wertê and to all Kurdish people.”
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Re: KCK: Plans to attack and occupy Qandil are underway

PostAuthor: Anthea » Sun Apr 19, 2020 10:39 pm

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All refugee camps should be protected by international peacekeeping forces

The presence of the PKK in camps make the camps targets

Kurds in Southern Kurdistan want Independence

Ocalan has stated that he is against an Independent Kurdistan

Prior to PKK's involvement in Western Kurdistan, Western Kurdistan was full of proud Kurds who wanted Independence

Eastern Kurdistan has always wanted Independence

Most Kurds in Northern Kurdistan want Independence

The PKK and Kurds in Northern Kurdistan must work towards unity and Independence

Kurds need to prioritise:

Instead of taking part in an assortment of protests Kurds should ALL be focussing on saving Hasankeyf

Most Kurds believe in a United Independent Kurdistan - which is what it was before invaders divided Kurdish lands - and what it should be again

Hasankeyf belongs to Kurdistan - not just Northern Kurdistan but ALL of Kurdistan - and as such is the MOST IMPORTANT part of Kurdistan

Hasankeyf has the advantage of being an expectable face of Kurdistan and if everyone worked towards saving Hasankeyf a great deal of positive International publicity could be obtained

Personal experience with the UK campaign showed me what could be achieved - remember our UK campaign of 20 years ago actually stopped the British Government backing the building of the dam

Also, it proved to be extremely good publicity for the Kurdish cause - media sites, including TV and Newspapers - were full of information about Kurds and the injustices they suffered - MPs and well-known celebrities became involved

    KURDS NEED POSITIVE PUBLICITY
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Re: KCK: Plans to attack and occupy Qandil are underway

PostAuthor: Anthea » Tue Apr 21, 2020 3:05 am

People demonstrate in Qandil

In Southern Kurdistan, a dangerous situation has arisen due to the deployment of military units of the KDP (Kurdistan Democratic Party) in Zinê Wertê. As it is possible to control the guerrilla area in the Qandil Mountains from this location, the PKK sees the KDP’s military movements coordinated with the Turkish state as a reason for war

A demonstration was held in the borough of Binarê Qandil on this occasion on Monday. The participants chanted "Bimre xiyanet" (Down with betrayal) and "Bijî yekîtiya gelê Kurd" (Long live the unity of the Kurdish people) and marched from the building of the People's Council to the village of Zergelê.

A statement read out here in protest against a Kurdish fratricidal war and the Turkish occupation ambitions, said the following:

"The enemies of the Kurdish people have always benefited from the Kurdish fragmentation. They have drawn from it the strength to prevent the Kurds from living an independent life. Bought traitors have led to great suffering among the Kurdish people.

While the whole world is now fighting against the Corona pandemic, the KDP is provoking a fratricidal war and allowing itself to be instrumentalised for the plans of the Turkish state. The attacks on Maxmur and Shengal and the spilled blood of the guerrillas are the result of this instrumentalisation.

Dispatching heavy weapons to a safe place like Zinê Wertê is a war preparation, which is part of the Turkish state's occupation plan. The same scenario has taken place in Bradost and Behdinan in 2018 and 2019. Dozens of civilians have lost their lives and hundreds of villages have been destroyed.

As the people of Binarê Qandil, we are against a fratricidal war. Zinê Wertê is a safe place. There is no reason to station heavy weapons there. We appeal to all political circles in Kurdistan, to human rights organisations and to all Kurdish people to resist the Turkish state’s plans to occupy Qandil. We will never accept occupation and we will defend our land."
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Re: KCK: Plans to attack and occupy Qandil are underway

PostAuthor: Anthea » Tue Apr 21, 2020 3:33 am

There is a certain amount of misinformation in the previous article vis-à-vis Kurdish unity and independence

PKK existence in both Western and Southern Kurdistan have caused both areas to become targets for the Turkish regime

Several times Southern Kurdistan has suggested the PKK relocate to Northern Kurdistan due to Turkish attacks on Southern Kurdish lands and villages

Several non political, local Kurdish inhabitants of the area under PKK occupation, have lost their lives and many local villages destroyed by Turkish bombings

Southern Kurdistan has allowed PKK to remain on it's land as, quite naturally, the inhabitants feel an affiliation towards their Kurdish brothers from the North

The attacks by Turkey on Kurdish land have caused discord within both populations and Southern Kurds, who have always wanted INDEPENDENCE are growing weary of the PKK whose doctrine appears to alternate from one of independence to wanting to live in harmony with Turks and referring to Turks as their brothers

Refugee camps, especially those containing Yazidis, should be protected by a UN peacekeeping force and should not be occupied by the PKK

The PKK should work towards making themselves more expectable so that they can become the Army of Northern Kurdistan
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Re: KCK: Plans to attack and occupy Qandil are underway

PostAuthor: Anthea » Mon Apr 27, 2020 3:57 am

Civil society group brings
rival Kurdish parties together


A delegation of Kurdish intellectuals and lawyers from Kobane have launched an effort to bring together rivalling Kurdish parties in Syria, an initiative requested by the international community and authorities in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq

The delegation met with Mazloum Abdi, commander of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Qamishli on Saturday. They are scheduled to meet with the ruling Democratic Union Party (PYD) and opposition Kurdish National Council (KNC or ENKS) on Sunday.

"It is better for the unity of the Kurdish nation if we are united. The entire Kurdish parties and nation support such initiatives," said Abdi in a press conference after the meeting with the delegation.

"We are optimistic that efforts put to build unity will bear fruit," Abdi added.

"All the political parties have a positive stance," Abdi claimed, also saying the people of Western Kurdistan (Rojava Kurdistani) are supporting the reconciliation initiative.

The PYD and ENKS, which consists of several opposition parties, have been in a bitter dispute for years over the sharing of power in northeast Syria, known to Kurds as Rojava Kurdistani.

The latter has accused the Movement for a Democratic Society (TEV-DEM), the umbrella group for the ruling PYD and its allies, of refusing to share power. Moreover, the ENKS-linked Roj Peshmergas - funded by the KRG - have been prohibited from becoming part of the security apparatus alongside SDF forces.

The opposition group's refusal to recognize the TEV-DEM administration has strained ties between the two groups.

The rivals have made several failed attempts in the past to unite the various groups in the area.

Power-sharing agreements between the groups were signed in 2014 in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq's Duhok province, mediated by the Region's ruling Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) which has close ties with the ENKS. However, none of the deals have been implemented.

Turkey's launch of Operation Peace Spring against Kurdish-led forces in northern Syria in October last year has since encouraged rival Kurdish parties in Rojava to re-engage in serious efforts to build unity.

"We have no other option but to cast aside our differences. For us the matter of Kurdish identity is very important," Hussein Mohammed Ali, a member of the Kobane delegation, told Rudaw.

"Mr. Abdi was very positive and very happy for our attempt at bringing different Kurdish sides together," Ali said, adding that Abdi agreed that despite political differences, Kurdish parties should remain united in their rhetoric.

    The ENKS is a member of the pro-Turkish Syrian opposition, a point of contention with the PYD
Officials and members of the ENKS usually often live in the Kurdistan Region, Turkey and Western countries. Some have been banned from entering Western Kurdistan and have been jailed for their criticism and alleged links to Turkey.

For the first time in years, the EKNS reopened its offices in Western Kurdistan in early February in a "gesture of good faith," as part of ongoing attempts to strengthen ties with ruling Kurdish authorities in northern Syria.

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PostAuthor: Anthea » Wed Apr 29, 2020 11:13 pm

People demonstrate against
conflict between Kurdish parties


A demonstration for Kurdish national unity was planned for today in the region of Zînî Wertê on the edge of the Qandil Mountains. People from Sulaymaniyah, Halabja, Raperin and Binarê Qendîl made their way to Zînî Wertê but were stopped by security forces. Among the activists are well-known intellectuals, members of parliament and Peshmerga veterans

The demonstrators wanted to gather in Serkepkan town of Ranya at 1 pm local time. Many of them had been on the road since the early morning hours. However, several of them were stopped at the entrance of Ranya and talks with the security forces in order to be allowed into the city yielded no result.

The crowd then made a statement to the press at Qemteran checkpoint.

Speaking here, activist Dilşad Mîranî protested the obstruction and said; “We have covered hundreds of kilometers to convey our message for peace and the demands of the Kurdistan people but we were stopped at Raperîn checkpoint. The forces have stopped us, mothers and families of martyrs who have experienced the pain of losing their children in conflict.

All we and families of martyrs want is the withdrawal of the forces stationed in Zînî Wertê. We also call upon the government of Iraq to not let the Turkish state enter the Iraqi soil.”

Former parliamentarian Geşe Dara read out the press release in the name of the demonstrators, saying the following;

“We came here at the request of our people who demand peace, unity of Kurdish people, frustration of occupation plans, ending of the threat of internal conflict and protection of the lands of Kurdistan.

This occupation and the threat of a conflict in Kurdistan pose a threat for the unity of the Kurdish people and all people of Kurdistan. This plan belongs to those who have occupied Kurdistan and we must definitely oppose it. We call upon all forces to retreat to their former positions in order to avoid a conflict.”
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