ERBIL— First deputy for the secretary general of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), condemned the international community for their silence over the attacks carried out by the Iranian-backed Shi'ite militias against Kirkuk and censured PUK leaders who contributed to an "international conspiracy" against Kurdistan.
In a written statement on Wednesday, Kosrat Rasul Ali slammed the international silence with regards to occupation of Kirkuk by Hashd al-Shaabi and Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps, while Kurds fought on behalf of the world against the Islamic State (IS) militants for more than three years.
He said "But unfortunately, instead of that [appreciation Kurdistan's efforts in war against IS], they made us face an international conspiracy and once again they proved that the Kurdish people do not have any friends but the mountains."
"Abandoning our people alone in the face of the attacks and assaults by the Hashd al-Shaabi militias and the Iraqi army units, the events in the past few days in Kirkuk and the rest of the Kurdistani areas, massacre of Kurdish citizens in Tuz Khurmatu and the other areas and burning of their homes as well as looting their possessions do not have any interpretation but the start of another Anfal against Kurds on the land of their ancestors."
"But what makes the wound burn more is that some perverse people, for some personal gains, deviated from the PUK without referring to the PUK leadership collude with the occupiers in these events and through this abhorrent disgraceful act crept into the black pages of the history of our nation."
Ali mentioned this wiped away an important portion of the achievements of the people of Kurdistan.
He held the "witless" leaders in PUK for the entire moral and material damages that the people of Kurdistan have suffered and will be suffering due to their decision.
Yet, he promised that this is not the end of the way as Kurds have seen many such ups and downs in their history.
"Still our morale is the morale of the difficult days of struggle," Ali stated, calling on the entire political parties in Kurdistan to join efforts to reunify the public and their ranks and to "take lesson from the events."