Kirkuk Governor: We were wrong towards YPG fighting against ISIS
ANKARA (DİHA) - For almost a week, Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS) gangs have continued their attacks against Iraqi troops in all of the country’s Sunni areas. They have advanced with lightning speed, almost reaching the capital Baghdad from the north.
The initial assault that began in the city of Mosul on Saturday has now spread south to include Hawija, parts of Kirkuk, Tikrit and Samarra, all of them major Sunni cities. Parts of Nineveh, most of Kirkuk and northern Diyala fall within the so-called disputed territories that are claimed by both Baghdad and the Federal Kurdistan Region which controls the provinces of Erbil, Sulaimani and Duhok. The incresing threat of ISIS, which is reportedly supported by Turkey, has made visible how the People's Defense Units (YPG) is giving a massive resistance in Rojava. The YPG fighters are exhibiting a great resistance in Rojava for more than a year. YPG fighted against the ISIS gangs in cities like Serêkaniyê, Tıl Koçer and Kobane and liberated them.
'We went wrong towards YPG'
Despite all of this, some powers like Turkey supported the ISIS. When the treat of ISIS spreaded to other territories, self-critisim has came from Kirkuk Governor Najmeldin Karim who became governor with the alliance of Kurdistan Democracy Party (KDP) and Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK). Kirkuk Governor spoke to Milliyet author Aslı Aydıntaşbaş said: "We could not understand the YPG before." Aydintaşbaş asked: "PYD (YPG) is struggling in Syria for almost one year in Syria. Both Ankara and Hewler (Erbil) did not take an attitude supporting PYD. When we look now.." He responded: "We were wrong, we went wromg towards YPG. But, it is not too late to change this wrong policy."