Syria’s YPG refuses handing over border crossing to Iraqi Kurdistan’s Peshmerga


Rabia (al-Yaroubia) border crossing. File photo

ARA News

Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan A source in the Kurdish forces of Peshmerga in Rabia (al-Yaroubiya), a border crossing town in Iraq overlooking the Kurdish-majority regions in northeastern Syria, told local media “the Iraqi Government handed over Rabia crossing to the militants of the Popular Protection Units (YPG) –linked to the Democratic Union Party (PYD).

“The Iraqi infantry brigade 41 was running Rabia crossing before the fall of Mosul city in hands of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). After the fall, YPG took over the border crossing,” the Peshmerga source told local media in Iraqi Kurdistan.

According to the informed source, some Peshmerga members, led by major general Hashim Sitayi, arrived in Rabia crossing and asked YPG militants to surrender the crossing. However, the YPG force exposed a written writ, issued by the Iraqi Government and signed by the Iraqi National Security Consultant Faleh al-Fayad, authorizing YPG to control the crossing.

“YPG militants, in turn, notified the Peshmerga forces to bring an official writ issued by the Iraqi Government to hand over Rabia crossing to them.”

Speaking to ARA News, the Kurdish politician Ibrahim Kajlo said: “PYD relationship with the Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is dangerous; the latter does not want the federal regime in Iraq because this reinforces the Kurds’ position on their historical land. Consequently, al-Malki exploits YPG that has close ties with al-Assad regime in Syria.”

Suleiman Kerro, Kurdish journalist and writer, commented on the issue saying:  “Proponents of Abdulla Öcalan (PKK jailed leader) –inreference to PYD and its forces of the YPG– aim to strike any Kurdish liberal movement in the four parts of Kurdistan.”

“The mentality of this party is similar to al-Baath and the criminal practices of al-Assad against the Kurdish political parties; the most disastrous step by the PYD is dividing Syrian Kurdistan into three parts,” Kerro told ARA News.


Reporting by: Azad Jamkari

Source: ARA News

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