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Iraqi gov’t spokesperson says Qassem Soleimani ‘military advisor’ to Hashd al-Shaabi in Iraq

By Rudaw 16/10/2017
Saad Hadithi, spokesperson of the Iraqi government. Photo: Rudaw video
Saad Hadithi, spokesperson of the Iraqi government. Photo: Rudaw video

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region - The spokesperson of the Iraqi government says Qassem Soleimani, the commander of Iran’s Quds Force is a “military advisor” to the Hashd al-Shaabi forces in Iraq.

Speaking to Rudaw TV on Sunday night, Saad Hadithi, the spokesperson of the Iraqi government said that Soleimani plays a role in Iraq as “military advisor” to the Shiite Hashd al-Shaabi as there are Iranians and Americans existing in Iraq as well.

He said Soleimani has good relations with the Kurdistan Region as well as “he is now in Kurdistan.”

Concerning mounting tensions, Hadithi said they planned to resolve the Baghdad-Erbil relations through the constitution but the Kurdish leadership violated it when they unilaterally held the referendum on independence.

“The position of the Iraqi government has stemmed from the constitution. The Iraqi constitution has to be respected as it has been drafted by the political parties including the Kurdistan coalition,” said Hadithi. 

He said the “constitution is the reference we rely on to resolve the problems.” 

Hadithi believes the Kurdistan Region violated the constitution when they unilaterally held the referendum. 

There is nothing called “Kurdistan nation“, he added, and that all Kurds are Iraqi because the Kurdistan Region is part of Iraq. 

He said Baghdad stopped sending the Kurdistan Region’s 17 percent budget share when the Region independently started selling oil.

Baghdad under the reign of former Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki cut off Erbil's budget share in early 2014.

In the wake of the independence referendum, Baghdad took a set of punitive measures against the Region, mainly the deployment of troops to disputed or Kurdistan areas, notably Kirkuk, a flight ban to and from the Kurdistan Region and border closure which was enforced by Iran on Sunday per Baghdad's request.

Hadithi also said border areas and airports must be brought under Baghdad’s control. 


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Non kurd | 16/10/2017
The Bagdad regime openly admits ties to an international terrorist. End all aid and weapons transfers to Baghdad.
Jagerxin derashy | 16/10/2017
What any article 140 of stupid iraqi constitution ! Now stop talking shit
PLINY THE KURD | 16/10/2017
Baghdad has no right to invoke the constitution since it has systematically violated its key article 140 . That violation has been a constant source of all past and present troubles and wars to come.
Jay | 16/10/2017
Why are Rudaw articles one sided, Rudaw should include either some facts about constitution violations by Iraqi government or a statement drom a Kurdish official. The way Rudaw present news is totally wrong. Kurds should respond to these allegations and tell the world that Iraqi central government abused the constitution in numerous occasions.
Kill the SOB | 16/10/2017
Somebody, a brave patriotic Kurd, should put a bullet in the head of Qassem Soleimani next time he steps inside any parts of the Kurdish territory. He will be doing a GREAT FAVOR not just to the Kurds, but to the whole humanity!

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