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Kurdistan

Arms Arrive for Peshmerga; Forces Ready to go on Offensive Against IS

By Rudaw 3/8/2014
Two Peshmerga soldiers man an artillery gun in Shengal.
Two Peshmerga soldiers man an artillery gun in Shengal.

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – A shipment of advanced weapons arrived at Erbil airport on Sunday, as Kurdish forces that have been a bulwark against the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) army in Iraq said they await orders to go on the offensive.

The Peshmerga minister was in a meeting with top commanders, sources told Rudaw, as a reporter saw the weapons arriving at the airport on Sunday morning.

“The Peshmerga are waiting for orders from President (Massoud)  Barzani to change our position from defensive to offensive,” said Halgurd  Hikmat, a Peshmerga ministry spokesman.

“The Peshmerga have heavy weaponry and they can face the ISIS,” said Hikmat, who did not reveal any details about the arms shipment.

With the Iraqi army in tatters, the Kurdistan Region’s Peshmerga forces have been a bulwark against an advance by the IS army, which has declared a Caliphate in parts of Syria and Iraq, with Mosul as its capital.

Kurdish leaders had appealed for advanced heavy weapons from Western countries, among them the United States, to step up their fight against the Islamic State, with which they share more than a 1,000-kilometer border.

The new weapons came as heavy fighting was reported since early Sunday between Peshmerga forces and IS militants in Shengal, a majority Kurdish-Yezidi town northwest of Mosul.

A Rudaw correspondent in Shengal said that hundreds of local residents have gathered to volunteer to fight alongside the Peshmerga.

The Peshmerga and IS have shared a quiet front since June but both sides have been engaged in intense clashes for the past three days around the town of Zumar near the Syrian border and surrounding villages.

Heavy fighting was reported in Zumar on Sunday, a day after Peshmerga forces equipped with advanced weapons were rushed to the area. 

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Kurdoz | 3/8/2014
Get them kill them !! annex whole mosul kick out all arab tribes who betrayed us and work together with YPG !! You are lions from the mountain I swear by allah we are not afraid from this uneducated sewer rats!! Victory will be ours!! Biji peshmerga Biji Kurdi Kurdistan!!
Havalo Lolawo | 3/8/2014
About time, good luck and xode we bi parezit Peshmerga!
Botani | 3/8/2014
I hope our Peshmargas do not process ISIS out of Mosul for three reasons first not all of Mosul is Kurdish second we could lose many lives of our Peshmargas.Third suppose we liberate Mosul then next step would be Almalaki or shiats demanding us to withdraw not just from Mosul but Kirkuk as well , therefore having ISIS occupation of Mosul as buffer zone for short to medium term is a very good strategy in my view. eliminating ISIS should a long term strategy only after rejoining Kirkuk to Kurdistan and declaration of full Kurdistan an independence
KPatriot | 3/8/2014
ISIS have no borders between them in Syria and Iraq. While we Kurds, who are the same people, have borders, what a disgraceful shame. We should make free passage for at least military forces of each region, so we get stronger and ISIS gets weaker. The YPG knows ISIS very well now, we need some advices from them. Let's work together as brothers, instead of just fighting ISIS from each our side. It's a shame if we can not join forces to defend Kurdistan. Although most of the shame is to be on our leaders, but we the people have some in it too, as if we had all protested to our leaders, they would have to make a change.
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Shêx Rebwar | 3/8/2014
It's about fucking time let's not stop until we bring back all the Kurdistani areas under our control! Then we MUST will declare an independent biji Kurd û Kurdistan
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