KDP’s military deployment to Sidekan and Bradost continues

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 ongoing deployment of troops and armored vehicles to guerrilla areas.

KDP dispatched a convoy of dozens of armored vehicles to the regions of Sidekan and Bradost.

Footage published by RojNews on Tuesday shows the deployment of over 400 operational forces and a large number of armored vehicles to the mentioned regions.

The KDP had dispatched 200 military vehicles to Bradost and Sidekan on 13 September evening. At around 04:30 on 14 September, KDP troops attacked the positions of the guerrilla forces in the area, resulting in skirmishes between the two sides.

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?"