Allegations of Turkey’s involvement in Shingal crisis reaches parliament

Peoples' Democratic Party Diyarbakir lawmaker Feleknas Uca.

Turkey’s opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) deputy Feleknas Uca, recently awarded the Clara Zetkin Woman’s Prize by Germany’s Left Party, submitted a parliamentary question for Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu on Monday regarding the alleged involvement of Turkish National Intelligence Organisation (MIT) agents in the recent clashes in the Khanasor area of Shingal.

Peshmerga forces (Rojava Peshmerga) affiliated to the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and Yazidi Shingal Resistance Units (YBS) close to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) clashed on Friday leading to several casualties.

Allegations circulating on some Kurdish media have claimed that 21 members of the MIT participated in the clashes while the ‘Zumar’ force, a part of the Rojava Peshmerga trained by the Turkish Armed Forces and MIT in the Iraqi city of the same name two years ago, were also present.

Uca asked Soylu whether the allegations were true and demanded an explanation on various issues related to the foundation, purpose and command of the group as well as those responsible behind the decision to attack Shingal.

Yazidi forces have accused Ankara of being behind the attack, which came following KRG President Masoud Barzani’s recent visit to Ankara. Turkey has been adamant that PKK fighters leave the area, claiming that they are threat to the country’s national security.

The clashes in Shingal have attracted criticism from all sides with Yazidi and Kurdish parties across the Kurdish regions and Europe calling for an immediate cessation to hostilities. United Nations Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric also voiced concerns.