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Kurdistan

Barzani: Kurds will fight in Mosul with conditions

By Rudaw 7/4/2015
Kurdish president Massoud Barzani speaks during an interview with the Associated Press in Erbil, 2012. AP file Photo.
Kurdish president Massoud Barzani speaks during an interview with the Associated Press in Erbil, 2012. AP file Photo.
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – The Kurdistan Regional Government will participates in the campaign to liberate the city of Mosul from ISIS militants only if Baghdad considers the region’s preconditions, said President Masoud Barzani on Monday.

Barzani reportedly informed Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi, in a joint meeting held Monday in Erbil, that the Kurds want assurances about their future role in the administration of the city before deploying Peshmerga forces.

Mosul, the second largest city in Iraq, fell to the Islamic State militants last year. There are an estimated 700,000 civilians still holed up in the jihadist-held city. 
 
“We have reached consensus to cooperate in clearing the country of terror,” Barzani said, in a press conference after the meeting.

Abadi also said cooperation was "discussed" on a joint campaign to free Mosul, adding that the two sides also talked about political, economic and social issues.
 

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Angry Bird | 7/4/2015
Great Move SIR Barzani Get assurances in writing. In 2003 already Kurds sacrificed many lives liberating that city once. The Kurds received nothing in return only to be murdered & thrown out of Mosul by ISIS. If Kurdish Peshmerga had been allowed to defend that city against ISIS before they arrived, ISIS would have never been able to take that city completely. Non Sunni Areas of the city would have had a chance to defend themselves from the ethnic & religious genocidal campaign. Do not let Baghdad abuse Kurdish forces again without getting a clear officially made statement with written agreement witnessed by an international coalition before Kurdish forces do anything. "Barzani reportedly informed Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi, that the Kurds want assurances about their future role in the administration of the city before deploying Peshmerga forces."
Bivar Mikail | 7/4/2015
Kurdistan should not sacrifice any more valuable lives of great Peshmerge. Kurdistan should participate only if they get a minor role and a defencive one. Kurdistan Regional Government must demand the full budget coverage before they take a position on whether to participate or not in the liberation of Mosul. Kurdistan have a chance to play a key role in this situation and benefit of it. Kurdistan should take advantage of this.
DK | 7/4/2015
Interesting!! Without be holder of any knowledge how the KRG parliament works I wonder if its not the parliament and representatives of the people in Kurdistan how make the decision to send peshmerga to war in Mosul!!
kevin grant | 7/4/2015
hopefully the yazidi resistance will fight beside you with their flag flying proudly
dutchnational | 7/4/2015
Preconditions should include payments of arrears, delivery of heavier arms, settlement of art 140 of constitution and autonomy plan for all regions.

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