PKK Guerrillas Refuse to Leave Government Buildings in Sinjar: Mayor Featured


They will leave only if Baghdad orders them to do so, says Mahma Khalil


Lezgin 06/06/2016 - 15:46 Published in 1174




SINJAR — Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) guerrillas have stationed in several government buildings in Sinjar and refuse to leave despite regular requests from the local administration, says the mayor of the city.


Sinjar Mayor Mahma Khalil told BasNews that PKK’s presence has affected the process of reconstruction in the city, and yet they refuse to leave.


He stated that PKK has been claiming that they are in the area to liberate and defend the city against the Islamic State (IS) militants; their contribution is highly appreciated but they are now required to leave the government buildings and allow the local administration to resume its works.


The PKK guerrillas insist that they will only leave if the central government in Baghdad orders them to do so, says Khalil. “However, Baghdad does not want them to leave as it is not concerned about the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the city.”


According to the mayor, Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has so far reconstructed several main roads in Sinjar and built health centers to help the residents of the city return home. “Baghdad, on the other hand, has not implemented one single public service project in Sinjar.”


Sinjar is a Yazidi-majority town in the northwest of Mosul; it was overrun by the IS militants in August 2014 and liberated by the Kurdish Peshmerga forces in November the next year.

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