KDP escalates its military activities, reportedly preparing to attack guerrilla areas in Bradost

According to local sources, the KDP’s latest attacks and activities against guerrilla areas are taking place on the demands of the Turkish state which seeks to expand its occupation to Bradost.

The cooperation of the KDP, the ruling party in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI), with the Turkish state took on a new dimension with its deployment of troops and armored vehicles to the guerrilla areas in Bradost on 13 September. This was followed by an attack on the positions of the guerrilla forces in the area on 14 September.

While the military activity in the region continues, the KDP is preparing for an attack on guerrilla areas, according to RojNews agency based in South Kurdistan.

According to local sources, the KDP’s latest attacks and activities against guerrilla areas are taking place on the demands of the Turkish state, which seeks to expand its occupation to Bradost.

Sources asking to be mentioned anonymously stated that the KDP has given 24 hours to the farmers, shepherds, nomads and local people in the uplands to leave the region.

Reports are also coming through of a risk of attack in the Sidekan area of Bradost.

After the evacuation of civilians from the area, KDP forces are said to be intending to attack the region together with Turkish soldiers. The KDP troops will reportedly move under the Iraqi flag and in the uniforms of border guards.

Reports suggest that the KDP and Turkish forces mean to attack the regions of Çiyayê Bolê, Girê Heyatê, Gewrûya Singê, Berbizînê, Girê Şemaşe and Sinînê. The mentioned areas are all located in the Bradost region and are strategically important. The KDP reportedly wants to surrender these areas to Turkish occupation. It grabs attention that the KDP troops stationed in the area are dressed in the uniforms of border guards affiliated to the Iraqi army. These forces are said to be gathering under the Iraqi flag and equipped with heavy weaponry. The Turkish air force will also take part in the occupation attacks, according to reports. In the meantime, the government of Iraq has not made any statement on the increasing military activity in the region.

The KDP, controlled by the Barzani family, is largely dependent on and closely allied with the AKP/MHP regime. The Turkish state is trying to use the KDP as a tool to trigger an internal Kurdish civil war. The current deployment of troops by the KDP shows the extent of the danger. In recent years, the KDP has repeatedly set up ambushes against the guerrillas, marked targets for Turkish airstrikes, captured guerrillas and even "disappeared" them. The KDP’s intelligence service Parastin supports the Turkish intelligence service MIT in its attacks against Kurdish activists in southern Kurdistan (northern Iraq). So far, a major escalation could only be avoided thanks to the patient attitude of the guerrillas, who are trying to build a Kurdish unity. However, as the Turkish army seems to be on the defensive again in its current large-scale attack on the guerrilla-held Medya Defence Zones, a relief attack by the KDP is becoming increasingly likely.

While the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and the Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK) are calling for Kurdish unity to stop the genocide of the Kurdish people, to make their voices heard at the international level and to prevent an inner-Kurdish war, the Barzani-dominated KDP (Kurdistan Democratic Party) in South Kurdistan is working with the Turkish state and its secret service MIT and is doing the exact opposite.

Elî Ewnî, a member of the Central Committee of the KDP, openly called for the murder of leading PKK members during a TV appearance on a Barzani family channel in mid-August. Ewnî explained that the Turkish army and MIT are capable of targeting people with drones and questioned why the PKK leadership is not being eliminated with drones.

Elî Ewnî   stated: "I say it to the leaders of the Turkish state. You can use drones, the airway and by means of the Internet to locate the members of the PKK in the tens of thousands of cars going to Ahmedawa and bomb them. Don't you know the leaders and vanguards of the PKK who come and go to Turkey through Ranya, Derbindaxan, Qeladizê and Bradost?"