There is only one article, as far as I can tell, about KDP-PKK dynamics in the mainstream US media and it is full of inaccurate and very biased reporting that makes it hard to take anything they say re: Kurds seriously. I will spell it some of them:…
1. Here, @shellykittleson cites my tweet to say PKK has 37 bases in Iraqi Kurdistan while the tweet actually says TURKEY has 37 bases in Iraqi Kurdistan. How can one make such a basic mistake?
2. @shellykittleson claims Iraq had deployed 6000 additional soldiers to Sinjar citing AKP’s Daily Sabah which is again outright inaccurate. Iraq has never had more than 2500 soldiers in Sinjar since 2017. After Sinjar Agreement, Iraq only deployed 1000 troops (+ had 1500 there):
3. Here she brings a tweet about a meeting between Nechirvan and Bafel and says they agreed to “create a united front against the PKK”. This shows @shellykittleson has really really no clue about KRG’s local politics because this meeting had nothing AT ALL to do with PKK.
4. Here, she cites KDP’s Sirwan Barzani to talk about PUK’s stance on PKK! This is like quoting Trump’s son talking about Democratic Party! This again shows how poorly this report has been done, either intentionally or out of sheer ignorance.
5. WOW, @shellykittleson cites here own report on @AlMonitor to claim how people are turning against PKK in PUK-zone in Garmiyan region in S Sulimania but her own article she cites has nothing to do with PKK at all, AT ALL:

The own report she has cited:…
Done but here is a bonus:

If any report starts with this, stop reading! All Kurdish groups DO HAVE a shared aim but they disagree over methods & how to go about it. KDP, PUK, PKK, PYD all have a shared aim but disagree over methods & power, same as Turkish parties & others…
For example: CHP was completely against Erdogan’s anti-Assad policies and even visited Damascus and met with Assad. Then we should also say “Turks” aren’t a monolithic ethnic group with a shared aim.

Because all mainstream Kurdish parties are as different as AKP, CHP & MHP are.
Addendum: Reine Hanna, the director of the Assyrian Policy Institute also pushes back against “complete misrepresentation” of their tweets in the same report:
The thing is: the report’s entire argument is based on the six things mentioned above which are either outright inaccurate or ‘complete misrepresentation’ as is the case with the last one.

To conclude: this is very poor-quality reporting with no cross-checking & verification.

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