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Kurdistan

Call for joint force of Peshmerga and PKK groups to defend Kurds

By Rudaw 13/1/2015
ISIS graffiti crossed out by Kurdish forces in Shingal
ISIS graffiti crossed out by Kurdish forces in Shingal

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – It has become imperative for the Kurds to form a joint force of Peshmerga troops and guerrillas of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party to counter the threat of the Islamic State (ISIS), the PKK’s umbrella organization said.

Peshmerga forces and PKK-affiliated guerrillas have been fighting side-by-side on various fronts in the Kurdistan Region and in Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava) for the past several months.

The Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK), which controls all of the groups associated with the powerful PKK, said a joint force has “become a must.”

"The joint struggle waged by the guerrilla and Peshmerga forces against ISIS fascism in both Kobane and Sinjar (Shingal), as well as many other places in South Kurdistan (Iraqi Kurdistan) has brought hope and trust among the Kurdish people, as well as for the oppressed peoples and communities in the region,” said a KCK statement quoted by the pro-PKK firatnews.

“Going beyond being a need it has now become a must,” it said about a joint Kurdish force.

The statement warned that ISIS was trying to reach Erbil with new attacks near the Kurdish capital.

ISIS gangs that were forced to retreat and failed to reach their goal in the face of the resistance by guerrilla and Peshmerga forces in Kobane and Sinjar, intend now to make a new move on Erbil by launching a new wave of attacks” on the Gwer and Makhmur frontlines, less than 50 kilometers away.

ISIS fighters killed 24 Kurdish security forces in a surprise attack on Gwer last Saturday, prompting the Kurdish parliament to summon the Peshmerga minister to explain.

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H | 13/1/2015
"Call for joint force of Peshmerga and PKK groups to [defend Kurds]" Should be to defeat ISIS
I HAVE A DREAM! | 13/1/2015
I have a dream! I have a dream that one day... all kurds will be united! I have a dream that one day... all the kurdish defenders under one kurdish command, where ever a kurd need help, this kurdish force will be there to protect! I have a dream... I have a dream that one day... all the parts of Kurdistan will be united one day!!! a Kurdish kurdish with one large military that no country will dare to test it! I have a dream!
Remo K
Remo K | 13/1/2015
It is time all Kurdish organizations (political, military, liberal, socialist, religious) are to join forces and assemble a united front against the common, immediate and existential ISIL threat. We, the Kurdish civilians are watching, hoping and calling for the Kurdish leadership to set aside their differences, work out a command and communication system, liaise with the Coalition forces so as to defeat and remove ISIL threat to Kurdistan once and for all.
Botan | 13/1/2015
I quite like how they scribbled over ( la elah ela allah, Muhammad rasul allah). This reflects on how PKK/YPG fighters feel towards Muhammad
Nice move | 13/1/2015
Nice move. The only way to get to the United State of Kurdistan is unity with one flag, one united force and all Kurds behind it and nothing can stop it. Long live Kurdistan

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