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EXCLUSIVE: Peshmerga in fight against Baghdad bureaucracy

By Rudaw 20/4/2015
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The issue of delayed salaries for Peshmerga fighters, despite their continuing fight against ISIS, has become a heated issue in Baghdad. 

Although the Peshmerga have been recognized as an Iraqi defense force, Baghdad has combined the Peshmerga's budget with other ongoing disputes between the central government and the Kurdistan Regional Government. The result has been the withholding of the budget to fund the Kurdish forces, leaving some Peshmerga without pay for at least three months.

The debate has divided Iraq's parliament between those politicians who feel the Peshmerga deserve recognition and their budget, and those who feel the Peshmerga are too autonomous to be paid for by the central government. 

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Spellchecker | 20/4/2015
FOR GODS SAKE, kan you please spell check your subtitles with someone who actually can speak ENGLISH, or with a normal Word document software? It is embarrassing, and let alone damages the trustworthiness of this news agency if you dont even bother check the spelling of your news!
Bakir Lashkari
Bakir Lashkari | 20/4/2015
Ok, let us get out of Iraq and let the ISIS to destroy the middle and South of Iraq! Please please let us get rid off these bastereds from Baghdad and this cat and Mouse play began since 100 years ago with the Kurds. We should absolutely not fight for the Arabs to liberate Mosul but take the control of Mosul Admin. As well.
Kurdish Patriot | 20/4/2015
Baghdad bureaucracy is making a mockery out of Kurds!! Why are we still relying on Scum Baghdad? This attitude has already created tensions and could spark into a sectarian war between Kurds and Arabs. This is already happening with ISIS and will soon include Arabs also...you will see.
dasdas | 21/4/2015
I´ve had enough! Please, declare independence, don´t be a puppet! Declare independence, I would rather die independent and free then being a part of Iraq. To hell with arabs, iranians, turks and middle east!
| 21/4/2015
It is ridiculous that the salaries are being withheld.
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