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Ezidi commander warns of possible 'war' in Sinjar

  2021-03-27  | 
 Zhyan News Network
Haidar Shasho, the leader of the Ezidkhan Protection Forces.
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – The commander of an Ezidi armed force, Haidar Shasho urged Sinjar local security forces affiliated to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) to abide by a withdrawal deadline set for April 1, warning of a possible “war” with the Iraqi forces.

Deadline for the local security forces affiliated to the PKK to withdraw Sinjar stands for April 1, after the group failed to meet the March 26 deadline, Shasho the leader of the Ezidkhan Protection Forces told Zhyan News Network.

“The final decision made by the Iraqi army is that if the forces close to the PKK will not withdraw from Sinjar until April 1, more military will be deployed to Sinjar to expel them in the center of the area,” he added.

In October 2020, the Iraqi federal government and the KRG inked an agreement to normalize situation in the war-ravaged Sinjar district, purportedly to remove the armed forces from the district and facilitate the return of the displaced Ezidi minority, who mostly reside in the internally displaced persons (IDP) camps in the Kurdistan Region.  

The agreement drew condemnations from some Ezidi groups that they were not included in the decision-making process and describe it as an agreement between the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the federal government.

“Five months have passed, yet no consequences of an agreement reached between Erbil and Baghdad,” Shasho said.

“The PKK-affiliated forces don’t want to hand over Sinjar and publicly said that they are ready to confront the Iraqi army, they do it with support from Hashid al-Shaabi.”

The security in Sinjar is volatile as Turkish authorities have threatened to attack the disputed territory in an excuse to attack the Kurdistan Worker's' Party (PKK) there.

Radical groups within the PMF have reportedly recruited in preparation to thwart any offensive by Turkey after fiery statements by the Turkish officials especially Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

(Zhyan English)