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Peshmerga Forces Recruit Christian Fighters, says Local Official

By Rudaw 14/9/2014
 Men between the ages of 18-30 can now sign up for training with the Peshmerga forces, according to local officials.
Men between the ages of 18-30 can now sign up for training with the Peshmerga forces, according to local officials.

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region—Kurdistan’s Peshmerga forces have opened doors to the region’s Christian population and recruit them to join the fight against the Islamic State (IS), an official told Rudaw.


“Representatives of the ministry of Peshmerga visited Ainkawa to recruit Christians,” said Jalal Habib Aziz, the mayor of Ainkawa, a predominately Christian neighborhood in Erbil.


According to Aziz, the Kurdish Peshmerga Ministry has answered a call by Christian leaders to recruit members of the community to “protect themselves and their areas.”


“We ask the young people of the Chaldean and Assyrian [communities] to register themselves to serve in the ranks of the Peshmerga forces of Kurdistan,” Aziz.


Men between the ages of 18-30 can now sign up for training with the Peshmerga forces, according to local officials.


Ainkawa is home to hundreds of thousands of Christian refugees who fled Mosul and the Nineveh plains in June and August when Islamist militants captured their cities.


On other occasions, Christian leaders had asked the Kurdish authorities to arm their youth to defend Christian towns across the major frontlines between the Peshmerga and IS forces.


Similar units have already been created among the Kurdish Yezidi community whose young fighters are now battling the IS militants on Mount Shingal and its surrounding villages.

 

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Kurdish christian | 14/9/2014
This is great news! Go forth mighty peshmerga and protect your people. Respect to my Chaldean and Assyrian brothers and sisters.
Karwan | 14/9/2014
It sounds positive to have multi ethnics / religious among peshmerga. That makes each component of us only stronger against ISIS and other enemies
Help the Yezidis | 14/9/2014
Very good news: the Yezidi, Chaldean and Assyrian have to be excited to fight, protect and to be united with the Peshmergas to protect their own free new Replubic South Kurdistan.
Renas | 14/9/2014
The Peshmerga is the only official allowed force in Kurdistan, if somebody want to fight he must join Peshmerga. Respect to all people who join Peshmerga, Long live the unity of Kurdistan!
Hersh | 14/9/2014
More and more Ezidi's are joining the Peshermga, Christians of Kurdistan here's your chance, instead of the village guard system which you had last time and which did not work you can join the Peshemrga and go on the offensive. It will do wonders for your self image, you stop being the victims, you stop begging and demanding protection from others, you become part of the effort to drive these monsters out of your home and region, you regain your honor and dignity, and more importantly you will help bring those savages to justice.
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