PKK Forces to Join Shi’ite Militias in Mosul Assault – PKK guerrillas in Sinjar will wear militias uniform in the Mosul offensive

  Basnews English – 13/10/2016 – ERBIL — Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) guerrillas in Sinjar will be combined into the Shi’ite militia Hashd al-Shaabi to take part in the Mosul offensive, a Yezidi official says. Sheikh Shamo, a Yezidi MP in Kurdistan Region Parliament, told BasNews on Thursday that the PKK guerrillas in Sinjar will be formed into units with the militia’s uniform to take part in the operation of retaking Mosul.  

Shamo revealed to BasNews that he has been informed that the PKK forces in Sinjar have made an agreement with Hashd al-Shaabi to join the militias and wear their uniform, noting that they will be provided with the needed weapons and distributed among the militia units participating in the Mosul assault. “PKK is aiming to participate in the Mosul battle under the name of Hashd al-Shaabi,” he said.

Shamo added that PKK’s presence in Sinjar or its engagement in the liberation of Mosul has given Turkey a reasonable excuse to intervene in the Mosul offensive.

Shamo previously said that the PKK guerrillas in Sinjar take orders directly from the Hashd al-Shaabi commander, Hadi al-Amri, pointing out that they also receive financial and military support from Hashd al-Shaabi. He also revealed that the PKK forces in Sinjar have been registered along with other militia forces by the Iraqi government.

After the liberation of Sinjar and its surrounding areas by the Peshmerga forces, the PKK guerrillas also moved into the area and established bases. Local officials claim that the PKK guerrillas have resided in the government offices and their presence delays the process of rehabilitating the Sinjar areas. The majority of Yezidis are demanding the withdrawal of the PKK forces from the area as they are violating the international laws by recruiting underage Yezidis. The Yezidi commander of the Peshmerga forces in Sinjar, Qasim Shasho, previously warned that the presence of PKK in Sinjar will attract Turkish military interventions in the area, arguing that the PKK guerrillas are playing a negative role on Mount Sinjar which is likely to be turned into a battlefield due to their presence.