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Kurdistan

PKK to KDP: ‘We are going to stay’

By Rudaw 25/7/2015
A kurdish Peshmerga fighter looks toward the city of Shingal from behind sand bags. AP file photo.
A kurdish Peshmerga fighter looks toward the city of Shingal from behind sand bags. AP file photo.
DUHOK, Kurdistan Region— The Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) has vowed not to retreat from the Shangal Mountains in the Kurdish region of Iraq.
 
“We are not a visiting force, we are here and we are going to stay,” said Raparin Angizak, commander of the Protection Units of Shangal (YPS), which is an affiliate of the PKK.
 
The PKK recently completed a military training course in the Military Academy they established on the Shangal Mountains, reported the PKK media. The academy teaches military skills and ideological values to the Yazidi Kurds and prepares them to be recruited by the YPS.
 
YPS is under PKK command and was formed in 2014 after the fall of Shangal to the Islamic State.
 
“Our people will protect themselves with the YBS and the YPG of Shangal,” said Angizak during the graduation ceremony of 21 Yazidi Kurds from the PKK military academy.
 
“Freedom and Shangal are not in Europe,” said Angizak, commenting on the mass immigration of Yazidi Kurds to Europe.
 
The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) is opposed to the presence of PKK forces on the Shangal Mountains and considers them an illegal force in the Kurdistan Region
 
In​ response to the KDP’s opposition, Angizak said, “We are not guests here, we will stay here and we will be victorious.”

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United Kurdistan | 25/7/2015
SAY NO TO CANTONIZATION!! STOP DIVIDING OUR LANDS! We need one government, one army. PKK should fold into the KRG because KRG is more legitimate.
Hejar | 25/7/2015
Let PKK stay there. Isn't that area difficult for Peshmergah to control anyways considering they would have to go around Mosul to get there? It would be better to have some Kurdish forces there. Beyond that if this is some kind of arrogant declaration by the PKK, simply have Peshmergah go to Hasakah and dare YPG or who ever else to confront them. If they do something than the Kurdish community would be in staunch opposition. The last thing Kurds should do is to have Turkey or anyone else get involved in this dispute.
J.Dupont | 25/7/2015
It is Iran who is behind the PKK,PUK,Gorran and other parties opposing Kurdish independence.Iran has fractured the Kurdish unity.Disgraceful Iran,bloody Iran,executioner of brave Kurds.
Say this instead | 25/7/2015
PKK to KDP: "we are going to stay silent rather than be those who divide kurdistan"??? KRG is the closest thing we have to an independant kurdistan... DONT MESS IT UP!!
dutchnational | 25/7/2015
Even from a KDP point of view there is something to be said for it. When the Iraqi army ran from Kirkuk, KRG took over abandonned positions and stayed. When the KDP ran from Shingal, IS took over and only PKK and YPG supported Yezidis.Why should't they stay, especially when asked to by Yezidis.

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