PKK affiliates maintain presence in Sinjar under different names, Peshmerga commander says
A Peshmerga commander based in Sinjar in northern Iraq has said the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) is maintaining its presence in Iraq’s Sinjar region despite Turkey’s calls for its evacuation, state-run Anadolu Agency reported.
A predominantly Shia fighting force, the Hashd al-Shaabi was incorporated into the Iraqi armed forces in late 2016.
Shesho said Iraqi troops had been deployed in Sinjar and in the town of Sinun.
“There is a PKK threat in Sinjar, across the border in northern Iraq against Turkey,” Mattis told reporters at the Pentagon, noting that the group is designated as a terrorist organization by the U.S. and the U.S. wants the group to pull out of the area.
Mattis stressed that Turkey is a NATO ally and said he preferred direct communication with the Turkish authorities rather than through the media because it is “a very sensitive issue for the Turks.”
If the PKK does not vacate Sinjar and Qandil, where it has its headquarters, “it would be inevitable for us to do so personally,” Erdoğan said in a speech at the ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) congress in the Black Sea province of Trabzon.
Iraqi troops deployed in Sinjar
“The 15th brigade of the army was deployed with heavy weapons in Sinjar and the town of Sinun,” Brigadier General Yahya Rasool said.