PKK, PJAK and MEK join forces

Kurdish separatists in the PKK and the PJAK, who are fighting Turkey and Iran respectively, are in the throes of being joined by members of the People’s Mujahedin, (the Mujahedin-e-Khalq, or MEK).

Militants from the Iranian organisation who have been living in Iraq’s Ashraf refugee camp, that Iraqi Prime Minster Nourhi al-Maliki wants to close, would prefer to move to the Qandil Moutains, heartland of the PKK, rather than be extradited to Iran. In a sign that a rapprochement is underway, Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, the Kurdish leader who is currently Iraq’s president, has publicly defended the MEK militants, as has the president of the Kurdish region, Massoud Barzani.