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Peshmerga ministry says Shiite leader should be tried for sectarian crimes

By Rudaw 16/12/2016
 Qais al-Khazali, the leader of the Shiite militia group Asaib Ahl al-Haq. Official photo
Qais al-Khazali, the leader of the Shiite militia group Asaib Ahl al-Haq. Official photo
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region—The Kurdish Peshmerga ministry of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has responded to the comments of a Shiite militia leader against the Kurds and described the group as a sectarian force with the blood of many Iraqis on its hands.

“The threats of this group and its leader against the Kurdistan Region is nothing new and their actions against the people of Iraq are known to all,” said a statement from the Peshmerga ministry in response to Qais al-Khazali, the leader of the Shiite militia group Asaib Ahl al-Haq.

The statement that described al-Khazali’s remarks as ‘filled with hostility”, adding: “You have beheaded hundreds of Iraqis based on ethnic or religious identity and you must be tried for these crimes.”

In an interview with a local Iraqi TV station this week, the militia leader said that the Kurds posed a threat that had to be dealt with after ISIS and that it was something that could not be achieved peacefully.

“After ISIS, Kurds are the greatest problem, especially Mr. Masoud Barzani. And solving the problems or peace with them is impossible.”

The Peshmerga response said that al-Khazali was welcome to try his luck with the Kurds.

“We also hope that Khazali’s remarks and his hostile stance only represent himself and his group and not that of the Hashd al-Shaabi.”

Hashd al-Shaabi was voted an official force under the supervision of the army by the Iraqi parliament last month.

The Kurdish presidency also condemned al-Khazali’s remarks this week, saying: “Surely al-Khazali and people like him who try to invade Kurdistan will not have a better future than ISIS,” said a statement from the spokesperson for the Kurdish presidency on Wednesday, adding that al-Khazali and his group are a lot weaker than ISIS.”

The office of the Kurdish president said in its statement that they hoped al-Khazali’s comments were only his personal views and that they did not reflect the official position of the Shiite Hashd al-Shaabi.




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G. Williams | 16/12/2016
Good responses to this Shia terrorist, his criminal gang has carried out human right violations on Sunni civilians, documented by HRW and the UN. The United States should eliminate this new threat as quickly as possible before it turns into a new Shia ISIS
c. mills | 16/12/2016
Asaib Ahl al-Haq is a terrorist group, sanctioned by the Baghdad government, and needs to be properly dealt with by the Baghdad government. Qais al-Khazali is the terrorist leader, and deserves only a rope and a lamp post. How much is Iran paying the Baghdad government to support their terrorist groups?
Rd | 16/12/2016
This man and his group killed and even burnet many Sunni civilians. It's time for a Sunni unity between Kurds and Arabs to protect them against this criminals.
Kurdistan | 16/12/2016
May Allah exterminate terrorists and racists like him and send them to Jahannam. I hope Shia people don't support this man because people like him are the reason for war and hate because of people like him the middle east is bleeding every day.
baran | 16/12/2016
This is one of the reasons why Peshmerga YPG PDKI and all other Kurds must unite against such threats. Instead to protest eachother KDP and Gorran should protest together against this man. Kurdistan should form a paramilitary force like many countries including western countries have it. It can be a sunni kurdish milita under the control of the KRG. Paramilitary forces are more active and engaged like a guerrilla force to support regular forces. This advice should really be send to the Kurdish ruling parties.
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