The visit of the delegation of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, founded by the late President Jalal Talabani, to Baghdad revealed a tendency to openly ally with parties and militias loyal to Iran in preparation for the Iraqi parliamentary elections, which are expected to be held next October, after the Kurdish parties and groups were establishing alliances in the Kurdish house to appear united in Iraqi Parliament.
The party delegation headed by Pavel Talabani met with the leaders of the Shiite political blocs in Baghdad, hoping to draw a map of new alliances.
The head of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan bloc in the Iraqi parliament, Alaa Talabani, said that the Al-Fateh alliance is the closest Iraqi party to the union, and an alliance is scheduled to be held after the elections.
The Al-Fateh Alliance is made up of Iranian-backed Shiite parties and militias and is headed by Hadi al-Amiri, the leader of the Badr Organization.
“In the National Union, we will not forget our old friends,” Talabani said after meeting al-Amiri, and “we will always be allies, now and after the elections, and the closest alliances and parties to us is the Al-Fateh Alliance.”
She pointed out that “the Union will continue to work with the Al-Fateh Alliance until the elections, as well as the coalition in the post-election stage.”
Well-informed Iraqi political sources attributed the PUK’s move to the position of the Al-Kazemi – Sadr – Barzani alliance from Iran, considering that the PUK’s inclination to Tehran as a strategic ally whose interests in Iraq will be damaged is pushing for rapprochement with the Al-Fateh bloc, which has become representing Iranian interests in Iraq.
The same sources stated that Iran, the historical ally of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, is pushing to support its loyal political bloc, consisting mainly of the Al-Fateh Alliance, after the Kurdistan Democratic Party decided its options in alliance with the anti-bloc (Al-Kazemi – Al-Sadr).
The Kurdistan Democratic Party, led by Massoud Barzani, tends to agree with the Sairoon bloc, which is supported by the leader of the Sadrist movement, Muqtada al-Sadr, while the Patriotic Union appears closer to an alliance with the Alliance of Conquest, Iraqis and the State of Law coalition headed by Nuri al-Maliki, leader of the Islamic Dawa Party.
After meeting with the Kurdish delegation headed by Pavel, the son of the late Iraqi president Jalal Talabani, al-Maliki confirmed that there is an “old” alliance with the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan since the era of Talabani the father, saying, “We are allied now and after the elections, and this is not from today, but from ancient times.”
However, an Iraqi parliamentarian described the prospective alliances between Shiite and Kurdish parties, who would open a new page to restore the role of a friend who practices blackmail against a party that always feels that its legitimacy is lacking.
The parliamentarian, who preferred not to be named, said in a statement to “Al-Arab” that “that party is the Shiite parties whose sectarian alliance is no longer able to attract the street in elections considered by many to be pivotal in the political history of post-occupation Iraq.”
He added, “The new relationship, like the old one, is based on utilitarian foundations. The elections seem to be a front for it. However, there is no indication that the two sides will regain the lost trust between them, in addition to the presence of many sticking points where interests conflict,” noting that “the Shiite party He is now more willing to make concessions to the Kurdish party, not at the expense of its interests, but at the expense of Iraq’s interest, where the price of a civilian cover that is far from sectarian and adorned with national dimensions will be provided by the Kurds.
He stressed that the Shiite alliances, whether with Talabani’s party or with Barzani, will not cover up the Shiite-Shiite conflict, which will exacerbate in any case in light of two Kurdish allies who are constantly at odds.
Kifah Mahmoud, political advisor to Masoud Barzani, considered that “in recent years in Baghdad, as in Iraqi Kurdistan, most of the major alliances have been scattered, and we have seen the split of the Shiite alliance, as well as the case with the Kurdistan Alliance, which turned into a group of blocs that ran in the elections alone.”
Mahmoud added in a statement to “Al-Arab” that after there was an alliance in the Kurdistan region that included all political actors, it also turned, like the rest of the Iraqi political alliances, into groups of blocs or parties.
Several months ago, there were intensive meetings between the Kurdistan Democratic Party and most of the Iraqi political blocs, and some observers saw that the closest to each other were the Kurdistan Democratic Party and the Sadrist movement. A high-level delegation from the movement visited the Kurdistan Region and met with the leader Massoud Barzani, the leader of the party, as well as the head of government and the president of the region. .
Mahmoud noted that these alliances – and far from the culture of conspiracy – take into account the party’s interest, pointing out that the most exciting is that the Kurdish parties for the first time come out from within the internal alliance here in the Kurdistan region to announce alliances outside the region that it held alone after it was a united intervention in a Kurdistan alliance with the rest of the political alliances.
He concluded that these alliances are not alien to the Iraqi political environment, and that “the important thing is that there is consensus on holding the elections, after we listened recently to those who want to postpone them again.”