PKK Striving to Open Battle Front inside Kurdistan: Iraqi MP –  A Kurdish official also accuses PKK of adducting 600 Yezidi girls

Leyla Hemid – BasNews – 09/01/2017 – ERBIL — With its refusal to leave the Yezidi town of Sinjar, the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) is trying to declare war against the Kurdistan Region, said a Yezidi MP while another Kurdish official accused the party of abducting Yezidi girls to employ them as new recruits. MP Majid Shingali told BasNews on Monday that several foreign and international organizations have declined to contribute to the reconstruction of Sinjar as they fear to enter the town due to the interventions by the PKK guerrillas.These NGOs work in places where the situation is stable in terms of politics and security, Shingali added.

The Yezidi MP to the Iraqi House of Representatives also took PKK “liable for the IDPs’ unwillingness to return to their homes,” despite the fact that their town has been liberated from the Islamic State (IS) for more than 14 months.He believes that the PKK with its resistance against the wish of the town administration, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and the coalition forces is trying to create a war frontline against Kurdistan.

The official urged the party to pull out from Sinjar and do not wait until the Baghdad officials turn on the red light for them “because in the end, PKK has no choice but to withdraw from the town.”As to whether PKK withdraws from Sinjar or not, the leaders from this party have made opposing remarks.The KRG and US officials alarmed by PKK’s moves towards establishing a military rule in the town of Sinjar of Nineveh province voiced concerns and demanded the party to leave the town.Another accusation against PKK, was voiced by Ali Awni, a member of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) Leadership Board in Erbil.

He accused PKK of abducting 600 Yezidi girls who, according to him, have been forced into the PKK ranks in northern Syria and the PKK hideouts in Mount Qandil, on Iraq, Iran, Turkey borders.”If we look for traces [of these girls] we should turn to Mount Qandil or the Syrian Kurdistan as we suspect these girls have been moved to those areas,” Awni said.

The destiny of hundreds of girls from Sinjar, a town on Iraq-Syria border, still remains a mystery. As IS entered Sinjar, along the other forces, the PKK guerrillas also reached out to the Yezidi people. They could cross the borders into Sinjar, from the Kurdish region in northern Syria.