“Statements relating to the incident against the peshmergas became a volley of fire. Somewhere along the way, the hitman of the peshmergas and Mexmûr Camp also pressed another trigger, to direct the reactions,” writes Selim Ferat for Yeni Özgür Politika.
Edhem Barzani and the leader of Duhok Provincial Council and Kurdistan Parliamentary MP Rêvîng Hogir announced that Turkey was occupying South Kurdistan and committing crimes against the people and the environment.
Following this it was only to be expected that Turkey would find a way to trigger further infighting between the Kurds with a new provocation.
And so it came to pass.
Five peshmergas lost their lives in an attack from the air, in all probability planned by Turkish Intelligence (MİT).
At the same time there was an air attack against Makhmour (Mexmûr) Camp in Turkey in which according to first reports at least two civilians lost their lives.
Statements relating to the action against the pershmergas became a volley of fire. Somewhere along the way, the hitman of the peshmergas and Mexmûr Camp also pressed another trigger, to direct the reactions.
Duhok’s Governor: “PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party) members must leave the Kurdistan Region”.
I just want to point out the pure irony of this statement.
The KDP (Kurdistan Democratic Party) is organised in every part of Kurdistan.
This is a natural right. (…)
The HPG (People’s Defence Forces – the armed wing of the PKK) Press Liaison Office made the following remarks in a statement on behalf of the guerrillas that Turkey blamed for the incident: “…None of our armed forces use any weapons that could cause that level of damage to the vehicle that was destroyed. Thus it is highly probable that this vehicle was hit from the air, and by a powerful missile. It is essential that an investigation is conducted into how the explosion in this vehicle was caused. We, as HPG believe it is necessary for either a joint or an independent committee to investigate and clarify the incident”, thus taking a serious step towards throwing light on the situation.
The relative of one of the pershmergas who lost their lives said: “I am sorry to say, the Turkish state will sleep well at night. Because it is they who instigated this fight between brothers, and they are very happy about it.”
A statement to stop Turkey sleeping well at night came from Haki Armanc, a commander at HPG Headquarters: “The people of South Kurdistan need to know that it is in no way on the agenda of the People’s Defence Units of Kurdistan to conduct actions or discharge weapons at the peshmergas of South Kurdistan.” (…)
I know that a clash between the peshmerga and the guerilla will bring about further disaster. Because of this I feel that the statement of commander Armanc: “We have our backs to the peshmergas and the people of South Kurdistan, the Turkish state is in front of us,” is of historical importance.
In connection with this I also want to highlight the statement of Masoud Barzani: “Those who committed the murder of the peshmergas will be punished accordingly.”
In all probability it was MİT operatives or forces attached to the Turkish Army who committed this murder, and I hope that Masoud Barzani stands by his word when this is revealed.
The words of Rebwar Talabani: “All parties must work to ensure that there are no conflicts between the forces of Kurdistan. Because as Kurds, we have extremely painful experience of conflicts between Kurds” should be seen as a positive suggestion in an environment in which Turkey wishes to create conflict between Kurds.
It is urgent and imperative that we protect ourselves from Turkey’s attacks on Mexmûr, the Peshmergas and the PKK guerrillas, and distance ourselves from policies that make Turkey happy!