The Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) launched on Friday 23 April a cross-border military campaign as part of the “Claw Operations” targeting the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) bases in northern Iraq. The new military campaign targets the Metîna, Avashin and Zap regions.
Kurdistan Toilers’ Party, the Kurdistan Communist Party and the Kurdistan Democratic Peoples’ Movement issued a statement condemning the ongoing military operation following an extraordinary meeting. In the joint statement, the Kurdish parties defined Turkey’s operation as “occupation attacks” and demanded that the Turkish state halt its operations immediately.
The South Kurdistan Political Prisoners Federation also condemned the silence of the Kurdistan Regional Government. Seran Acibi, a member of the Defence and Security Commission of Iraq’s parliament, criticised the silence of the Iraqi government’s over Turkey’s attacks.
“Baghdad should carry this issue to the United Nations Security Council”, Acibi said. “The Turkish state dreams of the empire and is ready to do anything to acheive that”, Acibi added.
Another Iraqi MP, Bedir Ziyadi, concluded that some political parties in Iraq’s government are cooperating with Turkey. “Some of these parties”, Ziyadi emphasized, “remain silent against the attacks based on their financial benefits based on Turkey. This causes the Turkish state to continue with its military attacks without considering international law,” he said.