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Peshmerga commander warns Shiite militias a threat to Kurds

By Rudaw 9/8/2016
Mahmoud Sangawi speaking in Halabja. Photo: Rudaw screenshot
Mahmoud Sangawi speaking in Halabja. Photo: Rudaw screenshot

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – A Peshmerga commander accused the Shiite militia of making plans to attack Kurds after the war with the Islamic State (ISIS), an allegation swiftly denied by a militia spokesperson.


“Those Shiites that were loved by us are now making plans on how to attack us after Daesh [ISIS],” said Mahmoud Sangawi, a Peshmerga commander and senior official of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), speaking in Halabja on Tuesday.


Sangawi based his accusation on a statement from a Shiite militiaman named Jamal, a member of the Khorasani militia group in Jalwala, who Sangawi met. “I am proud to come and fight you and be killed after Daesh [ISIS],” Sangawi quoted the Shiite militiaman.


Sangawi who is commander of the Peshmerga forces on the Garmaser front in Diyala province urged Kurds to unite in the face of this threat.


“I ask all the political factions, for sake of the blood of the Halabja martyrs, for the sake of the martyrs of the Halabja chemical attack, for sake of the blood of our nation’s martyrs in all four parts of Kurdistan,” he said, “let’s unite, because our nation is under threat, and the big war is coming after Daesh.”


A spokesperson for the Shiite militia, known as the Hash al-Shaabi, dismissed the accusations and said that Shiites are not a threat to the Kurds. “Those words are all imagination and have no basis,” Karim Nouri told Rudaw.


“Shiites are not a threat to Kurds and Hashd al-Shaabi fights only ISIS and other terrorist groups,” Nouri said adding that Sangawi’s accusations do not deserve a response.


Hashd al-Shaabi is the defender of “Iraqi sovereignty and its unity,” he declared, and it will not fight any other group except ISIS.


Kurdish Peshmerga and Shiite militia forces have clashed several times in Kirkuk’s southern ethnically-mixed city of Khurmatu in recent months. Several people from both sides were killed in the confrontations.





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Adam | 9/8/2016
bebegun | 9/8/2016
At least he understands the very real and serious threat we're facing, most of the other officials have lost their heads in their corrupt money. It's quite tragic, many of them forgot how close daash came to Hawler! what's coming after daash is hundred times worse
Muraz Adzhoev | 10/8/2016
That's right and true, any Arab or Kurdish political parties, formal or illegal organizations, regular or irregular armed forces and groups, which are "defenders of deadly failed Iraqi sovereignty and unity" must be considered as the real threat to the people, integrity and sovereignty of Southern Kurdistan. Yes, Mr.Sangawi is right, but he also should be honest and admit the true fact that there are some VIP "strangers" in PUK who are defenders and promoters of dead Iraq's sovereignty and unity.
Arzi | 10/8/2016
Wow, from I understand Shiite+isis +Sunni+ Arab+iranian+Turks are all=Isis. Kurdish unity is a must and preparation and planning after Isis is a must and Kurdistan independence must be declared before isis disappear.
Abo Jojo | 10/8/2016
Yes yes and yes!!! Arabs will never behave until every kurd is whipped off planet earth., Sunni Arab Isis or Shia Arab both are jealous of Kurds .. They hate the fact that Kurds are winning this war. freedom will always win

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