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Kurdistan

Shiite leader Muqtada al-Sadr orders his men to leave Kirkuk

By Rudaw 7/11/2017
Image shows the aftermath of an explosion which targeted a group of Saraya al-Salam militias in front of an abandoned Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) office which was occupied by the group after the October 16 events in Kirkuk. Photo supplied to Rudaw by locals.
Image shows the aftermath of an explosion which targeted a group of Saraya al-Salam militias in front of an abandoned Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) office which was occupied by the group after the October 16 events in Kirkuk. Photo supplied to Rudaw by locals.
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region - Muqtada al-Sadr, an influential Shiite cleric on Tuesday called upon his Saraya al-Salam militia group to pull out their forces from the city of Kirkuk within 72 hours.

“I am calling on the jihadists of Saraya al-Salam that they should leave Kirkuk and close all their offices within 72 hours,” Sadr ordered.

Sadr explained that the administrative affairs of Kirkuk as well as all the others “have to be handed over to the security forces.”

After Kirkuk fell to the Iraqi armed forces and the Iran-backed Hashd al-Shaabi militias in October, the Saraya al-Salam moved in and took over several offices, including the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) office which a bomb explosion on Monday targeted, killing five militiamen. 

The call by Sadr contradicts past claims by the Shiite leaders who had said no militia group had stayed in Kirkuk after October 16.

Sarya al-Salam, like dozens of others, operates under the umbrella of the Hashd al-Shaabi in Iraq.

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pre-Boomer Marine brat | 7/11/2017
It's very interesting that he calls his men "jihadists" instead of "soldiers" or "fighters". (As I expected) al-Sadr is preaching to his men that they have the Authority of the Divine at their backss, in front of them, in their hip pockets, and loaded into the magazines of their AK-47s. He is having them "kill in the name of God".
Muraz Adzhoev | 7/11/2017
Let’s discuss only matters that concern the future of Kurdistan. “I am very proud of the result. I am very proud that we have given that opportunity to the Kurdistani people to express their vote, and I am not regretting that”, - Masoud Mustafa Barzani said in an interview with NPR on Monday. The Chief Peshmerga, national leader must lead now the liberation struggle of the People and Kurdistan Peshmerga army, police, security and militia forces in Southern Kurdistan and in Western Kurdistan to defeat enemies, terrorists, traitors and provocateurs of all kind, to reintegrate these two Kurdish regions in order to establish sovereignly independent, democratic, multiethnic, multicultural, multi-religious and secular Kurdistan. There is no other alternative to survive and to be free at last in absokutely hostile circumstances and unfavorably ongoing dangerous situation in and arround Southern Kurdistan and Western Kurdistan. “Iraq-Syria” is one single anti-Kurdish and anti-Kurdistan hostile space and it is necessary to be fenced off from it only by united military means of Kurdistan national and patriotic armed forces headed by the Chief Peshmerga-National Leader Masoud Mustafa Barzani, because there is no others so much respectfully world-widely recognized and influential statesman, politician and warlord of the Kurdish people and the Kurdish nation. And this is the true and indisputable fact. The Kurdish national liberation struggle has not been and will not be stopped yet until sovereignly independent Kurdistan is established and also is recognized by the international community, the world leading states, the UN SC and GA. Sovereignly independent Kurdistan anyway will be soon established due to or even despite of, ecause that’s the true reality of the already coming lawful triumph of historical and humanitarian justice.
Muraz Adzhoev | 7/11/2017
“Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani met with Ján Kubiš, Special Representative of UN Secretary General to discuss the pressing issues. The sides reiterated the importance of the dialogue between Erbil and Baghdad towards resolving the pending issues”, - the People, the Peshmerga army, police, security forces of Kurdistan Region, Southern Kurdistan as a whole are too much fed up and upseted with such useless and senseless statements. For how long can the People and the Peshmerga forces listen to this mocking rubbish? Where are decisive actions and unambiguous statements?
Muraz Adzhoev | 7/11/2017
«Barzani, who has fought all his life for Kurdish homeland, believes a Kurdish state is still inevitable, adding that the young generation will work for independence», but it should and must be done today and now, because tomorrow it will be inevitablely too late. The young generation has already been fighting for reintegrated, independent Kurdistan and is still waiting for the Chief Peshmerga Masoud Mustafa Barzani to lead the national and patriotic struggle for freedom and for development of Kurdistan’s future generations. Do not lose heart, do not give up, get rid of all traitors and provocateurs, destroy and defeat invaders, enemies and terrorists of all political kind and ideological or religious suits. Biji Kurdistan!
Non kurd | 7/11/2017
Such a shame that daesh has only been replaced by Shiite jihadist.
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