Muhammad Mahdi Bayatli, a spokesman for the Shiite-dominated Bedir Brigades' northern region, on Saturday said that the PKK terrorist organization cannot stay in Iraq since it had declared war on Turkey and its presence will not be allowed.
Speaking to journalists in Tuz Khurmatu, Bayatli said the PKK's presence in Iraq cannot be tolerated and all terrorist organizations must be removed. He said: "We will fight to remove all terrorist organizations in the region, notably DAESH. Tolerance in Iraqi territory will also not be shown to the PKK, which has declared war on Turkey. This organization's presence will absolutely not be allowed in the region."
Noting that the PKK is accepted as a terrorist organization by almost all countries, he said: "This organization's presence in Iraq is not legal. The Iraqi central government did not allow this. For this reason, we do not want terrorist organizations that damage Turkey staying in our land.
The PKK leadership headquartered in Northern Iraq's Qandil Mountains also concerns the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), which claims that they create problems for Kurds.
On Dec. 15, the KRG's leading Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) strongly criticized the Kurdish Communities Union (KCK), the umbrella organization that includes the PKK, accusing it of causing trouble for Kurds.
"Why do you not solve your problems with Turkey if you do not have enmity against it?" KDP chairman and KRG president, Masoud Barzani, said in an official statement.
"The KDP is used to statements from the KCK that aim to undermine its reputation," the statement read, saying that the KCK's policies are wrong and cause instability in Kurdish regions.
According to the KDP, the PKK ruined hundreds of Kurdish villages, forcing residents to flee their homes and preventing the KRG from providing social services to affected areas.