Apr 01 2018

Iraq’s reaction to Erdoğan’s Sinjar threats serves as encouragement - Yazidi MP  

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's insistence on threatening to enter Iraq's Sinjar region, is raising concern among its population, according to the region's Yazidi MP Vian Dakhil.

The Turkish president’s openness to working with the Iraqi government in ending the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), were repeated in a speech he delivered in Ankara, where he stressed that Turkey considers Sinjar similar to Qandil- a PKK stronghold - and thus a target for Turkey.

Speaking to Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper, Iraqi deputy Hakim al-Zamili noted that Erdogan's repetitive statements about entering Sinjar serve to test out Baghdad’s seriousness in tackling the PKK.

“Official phone-calls followed between the two parties, which give the impression of good coordination between the two parties,” al-Zamili noted.

While Zamili says it is less likely for a single Turkish military operation to take place in Sinjar without coordination with Baghdad, Nineveh Provincial Council warns of possible administrative and security chaos in Sinjar due to the presence of various factions and forces.

Meanwhile, Yazidi MP Dakhil holds that Iraq's feeble reaction to Erdogan's threats that might encourage the Turkish president to enter Sinjar.