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Iraqi PM Abadi: Shiite militia won’t join battle for Mosul

By Rudaw 7/4/2015
Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi speaking to Rudaw TV.
Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi speaking to Rudaw TV.

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region—Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said Monday that the Shiite militia known as Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) will not take part in the battle for Mosul, adding that it is preferable if people in the city take on the task themselves.

“ISIS a threat to the Kurdistan Region, therefore the Peshmerga will play a vital role in the liberation of Mosul, but we think it is better if the people of Mosul themselves lead the fight and the PMF will not take part,” Abadi told Rudaw during his visit to Erbil on Monday.

The Iraqi premier who met with Kurdistan Region President Massoud Barzani, his Kurdish counterpart Nechirvan Barzani and other high-level security and military officials, said that the Shiite militia had achieved great “victory against ISIS” in the rest of the country.

He added that his government will prosecute members of the militia accused of violations, including the looting of people’s homes and business properties in Tikrit.

“Some violations were committed by some people, but I don’t want to accuse anyone,” he said. “Some of them have said they belong to the PMF and others are believed to be affiliated with the PMF,”

In response to a question from Rudaw on cutting off Kurdistan Region’s budget by Baghdad, Abadi said, “The Kurdistan Region and all other Iraqi provinces are unhappy with the share of the budget they receive and that is because the government does not have enough, therefore they complain,”

He added that in his meetings with the Kurdish leaders in Erbil they had  “agreed on how to resolve these issues,”


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K.I.M | 7/4/2015
A must-listen-to Kurdish song.
Patriot Peshmarga | 7/4/2015
A message to President Barzani: Don't bow down to Iraqi Arabs for any sort of military cooperation. They are the very same Chauvinist Baathists. Prepare your independence plans with coordination with Kurdish political parties in all 4 parts. We are not a weak nation. Hold another Kurdish National Congress to convey a very CLEAR message to neighboring countries that we hold the power to destabilize the entire if we wish so. When they don't in believe in Kurdish Nations Rights, force is always an option. Perhaps they need to know our background and read this versus from Holy Bible: Isaiah 13:17-22King James Version (KJV) 17 Behold, I will stir up the Medes against them (Kurds), which shall not regard silver; and as for gold, they shall not delight in it. 18 Their bows also shall dash the young men to pieces; and they shall have no pity on the fruit of the womb; their eyes shall not spare children. 19 And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, the beauty of the Chaldees' excellency, shall be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah. 20 It shall never be inhabited, neither shall it be dwelt in from generation to generation: neither shall the Arabian pitch tent there; neither shall the shepherds make their fold there. 21 But wild beasts of the desert shall lie there; and their houses shall be full of doleful creatures; and owls shall dwell there, and satyrs shall dance there. 22 And the wild beasts of the islands shall cry in their desolate houses, and dragons in their pleasant palaces: and her time is near to come, and her days shall not be prolonged
Kurdish Patriot | 7/4/2015
A great leader always keeps his word and keeps chaos in order. Her Biji Sarok Barzani.
Use and Abuse | 7/4/2015
Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice…….springs to mind. What will the Kurds get in return? I don’t want to hear the lame argument of “security for the region”, I am very aware how close Mosul is to KRG! Baghdad has been fighting us in international courts to block the sale of our oil in the international market (and winning), they have not provided our share of the budget, they have not provided us our share of weapons, they have not agreed on border issues, they have not assisted us with the humanitarian effort, despite the fact most refugees are arabs….so why are we going to help Baghdad? We must resolve all the above before the Kurds help Baghdad any further
DK | 7/4/2015
Give the control of Mosul to the people of Mosul and let the Kurds defend the city against their enemy!! Let the Kurds be united and move the power to Kurdish parliament!!

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