lundi 25 mai 2015

Kelashin (Irak) : le PKK mène une attaque armée contre les Kurdes du PDKI

PKK Attacks KDPI, Killing Two Peshmerga
PKK not happy with KDPI attempts to establish base on Iranian Kurdistan border

Basnews  |  Sharif Falah
24.05.2015  11:07


Early on Sunday morning, Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) attacked Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran (KDPI) Peshmerga on the border between the Iraqi Kurdistan Region and Iranian Kurdistan. Two KDPI Peshmerga are confirmed dead.

According to the KDPI official website, PKK guerillas attacked KDPI Peshmerga forces in the Keleshin region, on the border between the KRG and Iranian Kurdistan. The KDPI has confirmed the deaths of two Peshmerga.

Tensions have risen over the last few days, after a large number of KDPI Peshmerga returned to old bases in the mountainous regions on the Iraqi Kurdistan and Iranian Kurdistan borders.

The PKK isn’t happy with the KDPI reinforcements, and warned them to leave. The PKK have now surrounded the KDPI Peshmerga forces in the area.

Muhammad Salih Qadiri, member of the KDPI politburo, on Sunday told BasNews that the recent deployment of their forces was a warning to the Iranian regime as well as a show of support for the recent protests in Iranian Kurdish cities and towns.

The PKK is yet to comment on the Sunday clashes. However on Saturday Damhat Agid, head of PKK foreign relations, told BasNews that the KDPI Peshmerga wanted to establish a base in the area and the PKK are preventing them from doing so.

“Several KDPI Peshmerga came to the area, which has been under our control for a long time. They wanted to establish a base in the area, but we have insisted they leave the area immediately,” said Agid.
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PKK Official: Clashes Are Warning to KDPI
There are other areas for KDPI to cross into Iran, Agid says

Basnews  |  Shamal Abdulla
24.05.2015  15:38


The Kurdistan Group of Communities (KCK) has declared that today’s clashes between the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran (KDPI) are a “warning”.

Head of PKK Foreign Relations Damhat Agid has claimed that the KDPI sought permission to use the area, which has been under the authority of the PKK for years, in order to cross into Iranian Kurdistan. “The PKK allowed them to move throughout the region, but we discovered they have ulterior motives.”

Agid continued, “The KDPI has established a customs office and ordered people to pay tax; we attempted to solve the issue peacefully through our connections, but some parties are trying to inflame the situation.”

Commenting on the clashes between the PKK and KDPI taking place near to the KRG and Iranian Kurdistan border today 24th May, Agid said, “That was a warning about which we don’t have confirmed reports of casualties.

“The situation must settle down. There are other areas which the KDPI can use to cross into Iranian Kurdistan and carry out its activities.”

A delegation from the Kurdistan Region Parliament is to visit Qandil and meet with PKK officials. Agid stated that the meeting was scheduled prior to the incident, but the clashes will now lead the agenda.
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Iranian Government Sends Reinforcements to KRG Borders
Forces being taken in by helicopter, KDPI official says

Basnews  |  Sharif Falah
24.05.2015  16:59


The Iranian government has sent reinforcements to its borders with the Kurdistan Region as clashes between Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran (KDPI) and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) take place in the area.

Kawa Jawanmard, member of the KDPI politburo, has exclusively told BasNews that KDPI has been informed that the Iranian government is reorganising its forces in the area to confront any unexpected incidents.

“We understand that Iranian forces are using helicopters to deploy reinforcements quickly to the mountainous areas near Shino and Kelashin in the north-west of Iran.”

Jawanmard has rejected rumours claiming that Iranian soldiers disguised as PKK fighters in the clashes against KDPI Peshmerga forces.

A source confirmed the reports and spoke to BasNews from Iran. “The Iranian government is moving artillery to the borders as they are concerned about the clashes between the two Kurdish parties.”

Tensions between the PKK and KDPI have risen due to the KDPI recently resuming activities in the area. The Iranian Kurdish political party intended to send reinforcements to the Iranian border to carry out operations, but the PKK claims that they have crossed into the area, which has been under their control for years, with ulterior motives.
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KDPI suspects deadly attack is PKK-Iran plot

By RUDAW 22 hours ago

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – The Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran (KDPI) suspects elite government troops took part in an attack on the group’s positions in the Iran-Iraq border area of Kelashin on Sunday in which two KDPI fighters were killed.

Hasan Sharafi, deputy secretary general of the KDPI, said  Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, known as the Pasdaran, may have attacked KDPI positions disguised as PKK guerillas.

“We strongly suspect there was a coordination between the Pasdaran and the PKK to attack the KDPI,” Sharafi told Rudaw in a live interview Sunday from the group’s headquarters in Koya, Kurdistan region.

“We also suspect that the Iranian Pasdaran disguised as PKK guerillas fought our troops,” Sharafi said.

Meanwhile, in a strongly worded statement on Sunday the KDPI condemned the attack and called PKK actions “treason against the Kurdish struggle” and “serving the Islamic Republic of Iran.”

“We want to assure you that despite our efforts towards peace, we will never surrender to pressure, threat and oppression,” the statement concluded.

The PKK has not yet confirmed the military raid but said it “did not wish for a standoff” between them and the KDPI troops.

Demhat Agid, a senior member of the PKK’s military wing KCK, said on Sunday they felt “no animosity towards the KDPI troops” in the strategic border area, but that the KDPI had “bad intentions.”

“KDPI Peshmergas were collecting customs and charging the local people, and the PKK cautioned them not to do that,” Agid told PKK media outlets.

Kelashin, where the Sunday’s clashes took place, is a mountainous area in Iraq’s Kurdistan region that borders Iran to the east and Turkey to the west.
 Kurdish fighters have often used the strategic region as a midpoint for their guerrilla warfare due to its location where air strikes are difficult.

With more than 5,000 guerrillas spread across the area, the PKK is in virtual control of the no-man’s land located between Iran, Iraq and Turkey.

Although much of the area lies within the borders of Iraq’s Kurdistan Region, the hard terrain make it difficult for Iraq’s Kurdish authorities to patrol.

Political factions in the Kurdistan region were quick to denounce the standoff on Sunday and said the two sides should “find a solution to their problems.”

“Any such clashes among Kurds is inevitably detrimental for all of us, as the region is going through vital transformations,” PUK official Hama Jan told Rudaw.

But the KDPI’s Sharafi said the PKK had “hostile intentions for years” and “did not want to solve the problems peacefully.”

“They responded to our peaceful attempts with the barrels of their guns,” Sharafi said.
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Ahmedi clarifies the events that led to the PKK attacking PDKI Peshmergas
by PDKI | on May 25, 2015 | in Statements & Press Releases | Like it

Early yesterday morning, 24 May 2015, PKK fighters initiated an armed attack on PDKI’s Peshmerga Forces in the border region between southern (Iraqi) and eastern (Iranian) Kurdistan that led to one PDKI Peshmerga being martyred and three others injured. PKK has made numerous false claims about this unwarranted aggression.
In order to clarify what actually happened Loghman H. Ahmedi, PDKI’s Head of Foreign Relations, issued a statement that describes the events that led to the unwarranted attack by the PKK fighters.

PKK first denied that any armed attack against PDKI’s Peshmerga forces had occurred and claimed that it was a conspiracy created by some media outlets to harm HDP’s campaign in the Turkish election.

Later the PKK acknowledged that the attack had occurred, but claimed that PDKI’s Peshmerga forces had entered the region without coordinating with them. After a couple of hours they said that PDKI had coordinated with them but that the PDKI Peshmerga had said that they would only going to pass through the mountain region but PDKI’s forces had stayed and set up checkpoints and extorted money from poor people in the region. And the reason PKK’s fighters attacked the PDKI’s Peshmergas was to protect the poor people.

After a couple of hours PKK’s armed wing issued a statement that claimed that “HPG guerrillas [PKK fighters] offered help to a group of 15-20 KDP-I [PDKI] peshmergas who entered the Xinera and wanted to cross into East Kurdistan a while ago. Remarking that the peshmerga group, however, didn’t cross the border and kept waiting at a point in Xinera area, where there is an intense presence of HPG forces, the statement continued; “At around 5 pm yesterday evening, a KDP-I force of 7-8 vehicles coming from Diyana arrived and positioned in the area of Berbızına. A group of HPG guerrillas in Berbızına and Xınere went near them at 9 am this morning to understand what they aimed and wanted to do. Following talks between two sides, the 60-70 person group of peshmergas in Berbızına turned back to where they came from. On the other hand, a group of peshmergas secretly approached a team of guerrillas and wanted to neutralize them as they were waiting behind the other guerrilla group that went near the peshmerga groups in Xınere to talk. They refused to listen to the warnings of the guerrillas to not to come closer, whereupon a team of guerrillas opened a warning fire on them in order not to be captured. In a clash that erupted afterwards and lasted 3-4 minutes, a peshmerga fighter lost his life and one other was wounded.”

Regarding the PKK’s claim that there was some kind of conspiracy by different media outlets against PKK Ahmedi said, “it is really worrisome that the PKK attempted to deny that the attack had even occurred in the first place by alleging that it was a conspiracy against HDP. The PKK knows very well that PDKI has always supported the democratic process in northern [Turkey] Kurdistan and the fact that they used this pretext to claim that they had not attacked our Peshmerga forces could in itself be interpreted as a conspiracy.”

“PKK’s foreign relations spokesperson said in several interviews that the PKK have had a presence in the mountains in which the attack happened since 1980 and shamefully accused our Peshmergas of extorted money from poor people and because our leadership had not coordinated with them, the PKK had carried out the attack as a warning to our Peshmergas. I am no expert in PKK history but I thought that PKK had its bases in the Bekaa valley in Lebanon and later in Syria and that they began operating in 1984. However, what is clear is that the region in which the attack occurred has been a operating base for our Peshmerga forces during past several decades, long before the PKK was established,” Ahmedi said in the statement.

“Moreover, PKK’s claim that our Peshmerga forces had extorted money from poor people is both shameful and ridiculous, especially considering the fact that members of the PKK have been put on trail in European countries on that specific charge,” Ahmedi added.

In the statement Ahmedi also said that “our Peshmerga forces have moved in and out of the region continuously. The PKK threatened our Peshmerga forces on numerous occasions, but our leadership ordered the Peshmergas to avoid PKK fighters and not engage with them, a couple of days ago a large PKK force besieged one of our operating bases and did not allow our Peshmergas to move freely. Our party made every effort possible to reach a peaceful solution to the situation but the PKK either did not reply to our requests or issued new threats. Our party avoided to publicly discuss the situation until we felt that an attack was imminent. Unfortunately, yesterday morning, PKK fighters attacked one of our Peshmerga platoons.”

Regarding the statement that PKK’s armed wings issued, Ahmedi said “anyone that has any military knowledge knows that the event that the PKK describes in that statement could not have happened. According to the statement there were at least 80-90 PDKI Peshmergas in that specific place, and some of our Peshmergas have supposedly tried to attack them from behind, yet the result of the fire fight was that one of our Peshmergas was killed and three were injured and not a single PKK fighter was injured or killed. That description of the event is a total fabrication of what actually happened. The reality is that they besieged our operating base and ambushed our Peshmerga forces at a time when our Peshmerga commanders thought that they still could solve the issue peacefully.”

“Moreover, our Peshmerga forces apprehended several PKK fighters after the attack and after that other Peshmergas came to the aide of the besieged operating base, not only did our Peshmergas release the PKK fighters but we even gave them back their weapons. That should be a clear indication that we had no intention of engaging in any form of conflict with the PKK and that we still hope that we can reach a peaceful solution to this situation. However, it should be clear, that we will not withdraw our Peshmerga forces and they will defend themselves in case of any hostile actions,” Ahmedi concluded.
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