SINJAR — Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) forces stationed in Sinjar are advancing towards two Yezidi areas in southern Sinjar, in a bid to open a joint front in Sinjar with the Shi’ite militia forces known as Hashd al-Shaabi.
Qasim Darbo, commander of the Peshmerga operations in Sinjar, told BasNews that Hashd al-Shaabi forces are precluding the IDPs from returning to their homes in Tel Banat, Kojo and Tel Qasab areas in southern areas in Sinjar. Therefore, the Peshmerga forces have blocked the roads leading to those areas in order to protect the civilians, he noted.
He revealed that PKK and Hashd al-Shaabi are both advancing towards Siba Sheikh Khidir and Gir Uzeir areas in southern Sinjar.
PKK and the Iraqi paramilitary forces are attempting to open a joint front in southern Sinjar, aiming at creating a direct route between the PKK and Iraqi government in the area.
"PKK is trying to establish a connection with the Iraqi government in southern Sinjar," Waheed Bakozi, head of Kurdistan Democratic Party's (KDP) branch in Sinjar, told BasNews on Friday.
The aim behind PKK's move to open the route is to receive financial and military assistance directly from Baghdad, said the official.
PKK forces stationed in Sinjar are reportedly receiving monthly salaries from Baghdad as they have been registered as part of the Hashd al-Shaabi paramilitary group.
PKK has been called on to step out of the Yezidi major region of Sinjar by the local administration of the region, Kurdistan Region government and US officials. However, the party has refused to leave so far.