Sign In / Up

Add contribution as a guest

Your email will not be displayed publicly
Benefit of signing in/signing up to personalize comment

Comment as a guest

Your email will not be displayed publicly
Benefit of signing in/signing up to personalize comment

Login

Not a member Register   Forgot Password
or connect using
 

Email

 

Rudaw

Kurdistan

Peshmerga ministry denies forces have returned to disputed territories

By Rudaw 13/1/2019
A Kurdish Peshmerga soldier trains with Combined Joint Task Force counterparts as part of Operation Inherent Resolve in October 2015 near Erbil. Photo: US Army
A Kurdish Peshmerga soldier trains with Combined Joint Task Force counterparts as part of Operation Inherent Resolve in October 2015 near Erbil. Photo: US Army
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Contrary to Iraqi media reports, Kurdish Peshmerga forces have not returned to the disputed territories, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Ministry of Peshmerga said Sunday.

The ministry said there is merely an understanding with the Iraqi Defense Ministry to send Peshmerga to certain disputed areas to take part in joint anti-ISIS operations. 


“So far there have not been any official talks or meetings between the Ministry of Peshmerga and Iraqi Defense Ministry regarding the return of Peshmerga forces to the areas outside the Kurdistan Region’s administration,” Ministry of Peshmerga chief of staff Jabar Yawar said in a statement. 

The statement followed reports in Iraqi media about an agreement between the governments.

“There is an initial agreement between Defense Ministry and Peshmerga Ministry regarding the return of Peshmerga forces to disputed areas,” Mawazin news agency reported on Sunday, citing an unnamed diplomatic source. 

Their source said a delegation from the Defense Ministry will visit the Kurdistan Region to “activate the agreement” in the coming days. 

Yawar said both ministries understand they have to work together to quell the feared ISIS resurgence in the disputed territories – areas claimed by both the federal government and Erbil.

They have merely “come up with the idea that the best way to eradicate Daesh terrorists and end their movements and terrorist activities in Diyala, Saladin, Kirkuk, Makhmour, and Mosul is joint operations between Peshmerga forces and Iraqi Army against Daesh and in this regard we are expecting formal meetings to find appropriate mechanism,” read the statement, using the Arabic acronym for ISIS.

On October 16, 2017, in response to the Kurdistan independence referendum, the Iraqi Army and Shiite Hashd al-Shaabi paramilitias marched into Kirkuk and took over several of the disputed territories. Baghdad did this with the support of Iran, Turkey, European states, and the US, which had warned Erbil not to hold its referendum.

The Peshmerga clashed with Iraqi forces on several fronts, but prevented them from entering the Kurdistan Region itself. The events of October 16 are nevertheless widely seen by Kurds has a humiliating setback on the road to independence.

After the Iraqi takeover, Kurdish officials in Kirkuk were removed from office and Kurdish farmers either prevented from cultivating their land or driven away by Arab settlers. The feared resumption of government-sanctioned Arabization has done nothing to ease hostility.

The security gaps and instability caused by the takeover have also allowed ISIS remnants to regroup and resume a low scale insurgency. 

Tensions between Erbil and Baghdad have receded somewhat over the past year, with Kurdish and Iraqi leaders meeting to resolve disputes over political representation, budgets, borders, customs, airports, roads, and most importantly oil. 

Article 140 and the normalization of Kirkuk, however, remain elusive.

Comments

 
pre-Boomer Marine brat | 13/1/2019
The Peshmerga will be needed in Mosul soon enough. "Many locals saw ISIS as the lesser of two evils" That condition has returned ... https://jamestown.org/program/conditions-in-mosul-ripen-for-return-of-islamic-state/
Post a New Comment
Comment as a guest or Login for more enhanced interactive experience

Be Part of Your Rudaw!

Share your stories, photos and videos with Rudaw, and quite possibly the world.

What You Say

mehmet | 2/17/2019 7:40:30 PM
The question is where did those air strikes take place in village? no it happened in areas where The pkk is present.There is cause that cause is pkk....
Mohamedzzz | 2/19/2019 7:17:25 AM
Kurds fought on behalf of other powers, now is time to fight for their independence, without the Kurds there can't be peace in the whole area,...
Kurdish villagers driven off their mountainsides by Turkish airstrikes
| 15/2/2019 | (6)
Alan Saeed | 2/19/2019 12:27:43 AM
Well, we don’t even have to go into any prognostic mode to try and predict what would happen if Turkey joined the European Union. Just look at their...
Mohamedzzz | 2/19/2019 7:09:02 AM
For Turkey the only aim to join EU is to milk the cow, they hate EU, they hate Christians, they hate European culture.
Erdogan sheds crocodile tears for European Union
| 16 hours ago | (6)
Pakistani | 2/19/2019 6:24:59 AM
Turkey is making life easy for ISIS directly or indirectly , Turkey is a terrorist state ...
US-backed Syria force demands IS jihadists surrender
| 6 hours ago | (1)
Muraz Adzhoev | 2/18/2019 11:31:11 PM
The role of women in the Kurdish society began to lose its traditionally very high cultural and moral significance in families, tribes and ...
arjun | 2/19/2019 6:14:35 AM
next lets put all the gays in power! lol what a joke Kurdistan has become! why does having women as leaders matter? how does being a women make you a...
Women dominate leadership of Kurdistan Region parliament
| 15 hours ago | (2)

Elsewhere on Rudaw

Protesters accused of storming Turkish military base linger in jail 1 hour ago |

Protesters accused of storming Turkish military base linger in jail

"Some have committed no crime and were at home more
Hashd militiamen impose ‘illegal’ customs checkpoint in Sharqat 3 hours ago |

Hashd militiamen impose ‘illegal’ customs checkpoint in Sharqat

The Iraqi parliament has ruled such customs more
Limit on foreign workers coming to KRI harms Iranian Kurds 4 hours ago |

Limit on foreign workers coming to KRI harms Iranian Kurds

"We are forced to go back to Iran where there is more
0.172 seconds