Diyar Xerîb, General Presidential Council member of the Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK), an umbrella organization that encompasses the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), confirmed on Monday that they have captured some Turkish National Intelligence Organization (MİT) operatives in northern Iraq.
According to the pro-Kurdish ANF news agency, Xerîb recently told Rojnews that “Turkey should be glad we haven’t shown the people [MİT agents] we captured in the media yet. We could just parade them to the press now and publish their names,” he said.
Speaking about Turkey’s recent deportation of Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) Ankara representative Behroz Gelali, Xerîb said he was deported after a MİT operation in Sulaymaniyah, in Iraqi Kurdistan, failed and Turkey accused the PUK of leaking information to the PKK in the region.
According to the KCK member, captured MİT operatives wanted to turn Sulaymaniyah into a city of chaos and the center of terror attacks against PKK leaders.
“The reason the PKK hasn’t done [anything to publicize the MİT operatives] is that they don’t want to make the people of Sulaymaniyah and the PUK look guilty. But if there is a need, the operatives could be put in front of the cameras now,” he said.
Xerib also added that the PUK administration should not bow down before the Turkish government.
The PUK is a Kurdish political party in Iraqi Kurdistan headed by former Iraqi President Jalal Talabani.