PKK Ex­pand Ac­tiv­i­ties in Sulaymaniyah Province

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Kur­dis­tan Work­ers’ Party (PKK) con­tin­ues ex­pand­ing its mil­i­tary in­flu­ence across Sulaymaniyah and Hal­abja dis­tricts of Kur­dis­tan Re­gion through­out mil­i­tary train­ing bases and youth cen­ters.

A se­cu­rity source, speak­ing on con­di­tion of anonymity, con­firmed the pres­ence of PKK check­points, mil­i­tary bases and un­of­fi­cial cus­toms of­fices, and re­vealed that in sev­eral ar­eas, in­clud­ing Cham­chamal and Chami Rezan, the PKK has estab­lished mil­i­tary bases through which they re­cruit and train youths un­der 16.

Ac­cord­ing to the source, the PKK is charg­ing un­of­fi­cial trades be­tween Kur­dis­tan Re­gion and Ira­nian Kur­dis­tan, and it is run­ning nearly 20 cus­toms of­fices along the bor­der.

Head of the Kur­dis­tan Is­lamic Union (KIU) branch of­fice in Hal­abja, Sheikh Hasan Ab­dul­lah, told Bas-News that PKK is ac­tive in the area and they have pre­vi­ously seen teenagers wav­ing PKK flag dur­ing demon­stra­tions and public gath­er­ings. “They [PKK] have re­cently im­posed and col­lected taxes in the ru­ral ar­eas of Hal­abja, but they regularly mov­ing from one are to an­other,” Ab­dul­lah said.

Fazil Basharati, a Kur­dis­tan Demo­cratic Party (KDP) of­fi­cial in Hal­abja, said the PKK’s ac­tiv­i­ties are ob­vi­ous in the area, and they have un­of­fi­cial of­fices in Hal­b­jah work­ing to re­cruit lo­cals, in­clud­ing un­der­age peo­ple.

How­ever, a Kur­dish MP from Pa­tri­otic Union of Kur­dis­tan (PUK) in­sists that no of­fi­cial author­ity in Kur­dis­tan Re­gion has yet con­firmed this wide-range pres­ence of PKK; “but it is not an odd in­ci­dent that PKK es­tab­lishes [youth] cen­ters and runs train­ing cour­ses wher­ever it is pre­sent.”

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