Fatih Yildiz, Turkey's ambassador to Iraq, meets with Hadi al-Amiri in Baghdad on June 10, 2018. Photo: Yildiz Twitter
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — After meeting with Turkey’s Ambassador to Iraq Fatih Yildiz said the Badr Organization’s leader ‘very clearly’ was against a Kurdistan Workers’ Party presence in Iraq.
"We met with the head of the Badr Organization Hadi al-Amiri. Discussing the post-election events, we also touched on any platform regarding the fight against the terror organization PKK. Amiri showed his opposition to the presence of PKK in Iraq very clearly," Yildiz tweeted after their meeting on Sunday.
The Turkish military has increasingly targeted the PKK in northern areas of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, claiming to have neutralized terrorists across 300 square-kilometers. They have threatened offensives to the southwest in Makhmour, a militarized city under the control of Iraqi forces and Hashd al-Shaabi paramilitias, and in the Yezidi homeland of Shingal.
Various groups including KRG Peshmerga, the PKK and affiliated local militias, and the Hashd al-Shaabi separately liberated areas of Shingal which were under ISIS control from 2014-2017.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, the commander in chief of Iraq’s armed forces, previously called for PKK elements to leave Shingal.
Ankara calls a refugee camp near Makhmour a breeding ground for PKK fighters.
Amiri officially resigned as Badr’s leader ahead of the parliamentary election on May 12. He won a seat in Baghdad. Amiri has commanded tremendous influence within the Iran-backed wing of Hashd.
He headed the Fatih (Conquest) Alliance in the election. They won the second-most seats, according to results released by Iraq’s High Independent Election Commission, whose top members have been replaced by government-appointed judges.
Yildiz also said that they talked about water issues. Mosul Lake and its hydroelectric dam are under the control of Iraqi forces with the support of the US-led international anti-ISIS coalition. Hashd also has a presence in northern areas of Nineveh province.
Iran and Turkey have been accused by Iraqi and Kurdish authorities of withholding water
with their dam projects.
Amiri did not release a readout of the meeting.