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Coalition forces have “long term and strategic” plan for Peshmerga army

By Rudaw 8/5/2017
A member of the Kurdish Peshmerga force in Makhamur front. File photo: Rudaw
A member of the Kurdish Peshmerga force in Makhamur front. File photo: Rudaw
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region—The Kurdish Peshmerga ministry says a meeting that was held between them and a delegation from the coalition forces on Saturday was to lay the foundation of a professional and reformed Peshmerga army through a project that would last ten years.

Chief of Staff of the Peshmerga Ministry who attended the meeting told Rudaw that the plan of the coalition forces includes unifying all Peshmerga forces under the ministry and that that is only one part of their overall agenda.

Yawar said that reforming the Peshmerga forces and its structure is on the agenda as well. He added the idea for these reforms and restructuring of the Peshmerga forces first came about during the visits of German and British defense ministers to Erbil.

“The coalition forces have through working with the Peshmerga seen some weaknesses and have therefore proposed reforms,” he said, adding that the Peshmerga ministry also proposed some changes. 

The proposed plan contains 35 points, Yawar explained, and it will be put into practice by a special committee set up for this purpose inside the Peshmerga ministry.

According to Yawar the council of ministers has thrown its weight behind the proposals and asked the ministry to embark on the plan.

The delegation that met the Kurdish prime minister and Peshmerga officials was led by US, British and German military advisers.

Yawar said that the outcome of Saturday’s meeting would be studied by the prime minister’s office, then discussed at the cabinet and sent on to Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani as commander of all armed forces for his consideration.

“The Americans, German and British have promised us that not only do they make recommendations for change, they will also stay with us and help us implement every point of the plan,” Yawar revealed.

“They don’t mean something temporary, it is long term and strategic.” Yawar said of the coalition project.

He added that these countries told the Kurdish officials that they "are prepared for a period of five to ten years to support the Peshmerga ministry implementing this reform."

The US, UK, France, Germany and Canada have worked with the Peshmerga forces in the fight against ISIS since August 2014. They have provided arms and training in addition to direct air support.


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gunther | 8/5/2017
nobody gives a damn about assad. why are kurds waiting for someones permition who is a guest in his own country and gets protection from iranian islamic mullahs?
Law | 8/5/2017
and why are these officials talking as if they're proud of this "acheivment", it's a huge embarrassment for the kurdish leadership that forigners have to tell them that they need a national army. You've had 26 years, 26 years and you still have party militias!
FAUthman | 8/5/2017
The best news I have read since I have been writing comments and driving everybody "crazy". Kurds, once you have security (and the likes of Saddam to never appear again to threaten you and bury your children live) you are on your way to security stability and prosperity. The West must have a grand plan for you! and that is what it takes, to be a dependable secular ally to the West in the heart of the turbulent Middle East. Wish you all the best!
Hejar | 8/5/2017
Sometimes I wonder where these officials have their head at. Now you listen? This has been obvious and pointed out by most Kurds by a long time so are you suggesting you're incompetent and need others to do it for you. I'm happy about the news but saddened by lack of resolve amongst Kurdish leaders. Next you'll probably say they recommend unity among Kurds in different areas. Imagine that.
A Kurd in exile | 9/5/2017
Let's all hope and pray that God will give all the Kurdish political leaders the necessary wisdom to agree on this project and make it happen. Amen!

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