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Barzani: ISIS had planned its recent offensive for a month

By Rudaw 19/12/2015
Masoud Barzani. Photo: Rudaw.
Masoud Barzani. Photo: Rudaw.

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region - Kurdish President Masoud Barzani said on Saturday that the extremist Islamic State (ISIS) had been planning its recent attacks on the Peshmerga defense lines for more than a month and had specifically planned the assault for the Kurdish flag day.

“The terrorists' attack is counted as their biggest and they had planned it for a month, but the brave Peshmerga defeated ISIS on all fronts,” said Barzani in a statement.

Barzani said the attack that occurred on the Kurdish national flag day was the ‘terrorists’ plan to “Bring down the flag of Kurdistan from the lion’s den,”

The Kurdish president praised the Peshmerga forces for their “brave and courageous defense of the people and their land,” as he also sent condolences to the families of those killed in last week’s confrontations.

ISIS militants launched their biggest offensives in months against the Peshmerga on multiple fronts on Wednesday, leading to two days of fierce fighting from Western Mosul to the town of Makhmour.

More than 70 Islamist militants were killed in the attacks.

Several Peshmerga soldiers and two officers also lost their lives to a series of ISIS suicide bombers.

“I am saddened by the martyrdom of a group of brave Peshmerga and it was a big loss to us all,” said Barzani.


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Ari | 19/12/2015
Thank God that ISIL and their backers are morons, they would've taken Baghdad and Damascus by now if they hadn't opened a new front on Kurds half way. They would've been ten times as powerful by now and we'ld be in real trouble if they had attacked us. I guess we owe Erdogan a big 'thank you' for pushing ISIL to open a new front, we've doubled our territory and got international recognition, not to mention got our forces out of lazy hibernation, hate to say it but the Peshmerga had gotten fat and lazy years of "peace".
Muraz Adzhoev | 19/12/2015
The Kurdish national flag will soon finally reintegrate Southern and Western Kurdistan, despite all kind of bloody forceful efforts taken by real enemies of the Kurdish people and of destructive activities conducted by political&ideological provocateurs, including pseudo "pro-kurdish", in and arround Iraq and Syria. The independence day of sovereign democratic and secular Federative Kurdistan is comming and inevitably soon will be greatly celebrated by the reunited people of the reintegrated Southern Kurdistan and Western Kurdistan. Suppose Ankara is well aware of the fact, that it is in significant favor of Turkey too to negotiate compromising terms and conditions of a strategic longterm agreement on peace, security, friendship and cooperation with independent Federative Kurdistan. Iran obviously is becoming the regional looser. No anti-Kurdistan political and military efforts are affordable for Ankara any more, because it would create real serious threats to Turkey's state sovereignty.
lupus | 19/12/2015
Mr Barzani,the worst atrocity that could be committed by Kurdistan would be to not look after the Peshmerga after the war is finished.Their sacrifices have been one of the saving graces of this war,together with the way Kurdistan has been a refuge for the displaced and cruelly treated. Stand together, united as one ruthless with corruption, be seen to be fair and tolerant.
British ben | 19/12/2015
The world respects the kurds David v Goliath
Brzoo Kurdi
Brzoo Kurdi | 19/12/2015
We are all grateful and proud of Peshmarga , there is no doubt Peshmarga is a sacred word in Kurdish language.

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