Kurdistan’s PUK Forges Alliance With Pro-Iran Factions In Iraq Ahead Of Election

Kurdistan’s PUK Forges Alliance With Pro-Iran Factions In Iraq Ahead Of Election

The visit to Baghdad by a delegation of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), the Kurdish nationalist party founded by the late President Jalal Talabani, reflected a tendency by the PUK to openly ally itself with parties and militias loyal to Iran.

Andrew H. Sweet
Andrew H. Sweet
  • This is a new development as Kurdish parties and groups used to keep their alliances within the Kurdish fold so as to preserve the appearance of unity inside the Iraqi parliament.
  • The same sources said that Iran, the historical ally of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, welcomes any support for its loyal political bloc.
  • However, an Iraqi MP has described the prospective alliances between Shia and Kurdish parties as akin to “opening a new chapter with a friend who tends to practice blackmail against a particular side that is not confident it has full legitimacy.”

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