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PM Barzani greenlit Turkey’s offensive into Kurdistan Region: KCK

  2021-04-25  | 
 Zhyan News Network
Combined photo of the Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK) logo and Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Masrour Barzani - Graphic by Zhyan News Network
 Zhyan News Network


SULAIMANI – Kurdistan Communities Union  (KCK) said on Sunday (April 25) that Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Masrour Barzani previously greenlit the current Turkey’s ongoing offensive into the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) controlled areas in Duhok governorate.

Using Cobra and Sikorsky helicopters and Turkish troops rappelled from choppers, Turkey launched a cross-border land and air operation codenamed Operation Claw-Lightning and Claw-Thunderbolt in PKK-controlled Duhok’s Avasin and Metina areas on Friday night, according to PKK-affiliated Roj News agency. 

“Before the exterminating attack, the Turkish officials met with the European countries and US, suggesting this offensive has been done with their support, as well as talks have been made with the Kurdistan Regional Government prime minister and he has given positivity,” KCK said in a statement. 

The PKK affiliate also called for the Kurdish political parties in the Kurdistan Region and the federal government to voice their objection to the fresh Turkish push.  

Firat News Agency (ANF) affiliated with the PKK  reported on Sunday that clashes continued and a number of Turkish troops were killed. 

Kuna Masi Sub-District Manager Sarbast Akrayi told Zhyan News Network that the Turkish troops has entered over nine kilometers into the Kurdistan Region’s soils using artilleries and airstrikes against the PKK members. 

On Sunday, Kurdistan Parliament’s Lawmaker Ali Hama Salih lambasted the Kurdistan Region’s three presidencies and the political parties for their silence to the Turkish incursion.

“This is the biggest occupation by Turkey’s offensives [in the Kurdistan Region]. It has reportedly invaded Zinar Kesta which has a 2,000 altitude and it is a strategic place,” he said. “There are ongoing attacks to invade Zap, Botan and Avashin areas with the length of 100 kilometers and [Turkey] wants to enter the Kurdistan Region by another 50 kilometers."

PKK ties and with Barzani’s political parties have been high as the latter enjoys cordial relations with Turkey.

Cross-border land and air violations by Turkey has tripled on a daily average since 2017, according to records submitted by Iraq to the UN Security Council (UNSC).

Both Iraqi Government and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) have called on Turkey and PKK to take their fight to somewhere else.

Since July 20, 2015, the conflict between Turkish security forces and the PKK has claimed more than 5,311 lives on both sides in Turkey and the Kurdistan Region, including 541 civilians, 1,279 Turkish state security members, 226 individuals of unknown affiliation and 3,265 PKK members, according to the latest data by the Belgium-based International Crisis Group.

Based in the Region’s mountainous areas, PKK has taken up arms against the Turkish authorities since 1978 for Kurdish rights in the country.

(Zhyan English)

*This story was updated at 06:16 pm EBL on Sunday (April 25)