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KRG FM: Peshmerga have not received the air support that was expected

By Rudaw 21/10/2016
Falah Mustafa Bakir, Kurdistan Regional Goverment’s (KRG’s) Minister of Foreign Relations. Photo: DFR
Falah Mustafa Bakir, Kurdistan Regional Goverment’s (KRG’s) Minister of Foreign Relations. Photo: DFR
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – The Peshmerga have not received enough of the support they need in the fight against ISIS and, as a result, have suffered casualties, said Falah Mustafa Bakir, head of foreign relations for the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG).

“This is our concern that, since the Peshmerga are a reliable partner, a force that has demonstrated to the rest of the world that they can make advances, they can liberate territory and hold them, they need to get the right support,” Mustafa Bakir told CNN in an interview on Friday.

He said that the Peshmerga did not receive the air cover and support they had expected in Thursday’s major offensive north and northeast of Mosul, “That’s why we had some casualties.”

He said the KRG is grateful for the support they have received, but it is not enough. 

His statements echo those of Halgurd Hikmat, the media director for the Peshmerga. “We cannot say we have enough supplies when we consider the fight and sacrifices the Peshmerga have made in this war. Even half of what we need has not been delivered,” he told Rudaw English earlier this week. 

Mustafa Bakir described ISIS’ attack on Kirkuk today as a new front as ISIS is trying to “demonstrate that they are still there.”

“It will be considered as a new front. This is a brutal organization. They still have the capacity and capability to harm us,” he said, adding that it was expected ISIS would resort to such tactics

But he remains confident the terrorist group will be defeated militarily.  “Definitely they will try to do anything possible, whether using civilian population as human shields, using more suicide bombers, booby-traps, land mines, any kind of thing that would cause a lot of damage and casualties in order to demonstrate that they are still there. But definitely this is the final chapter of ISIS in Iraq.”


pre-Boomer Marine brat | 21/10/2016
I wager that Erdogan has "influenced" the White House to (verbally) order CentCom to dial down American air support for all Kurdish forces, KRG or otherwise. ... The Obama WH only cares about its relations with Iran. All others must get at the end of the line.
Muraz Adzhoev | 22/10/2016
Everything, that the Peshmerga forces were in need of for required military purposes, should have been delivered inadvance before the Mosul operation started. Is not that true?
A Kurd in exile | 22/10/2016
If you have not receive "half of what [you] need," and if you are not getting enough air support, do not move another inch forward toward Mosul. Let the Iraqi army do it by itself.
Vibe | 22/10/2016
Bullshit! Daesh terrorists don't have air support either. If the Peshmerga can only succeed when they get air support from a foreign country then we are in BIG TROUBLES! We are already in trouble! The Turks are bombing us and the Americans and the Russians are okay with that. The only way we can survive is to rely on ourselves and nobody else! KRG was a mini state for a quarter century. they could have developed the most sophisticated technology in the world, the way Israel developed its capabilities. But instead the KRG became the mother of all corruptions, nepotism and incompetence the world has ever seen. Are we so blind that we don't see the most obvious problems facing us?
EB | 22/10/2016
EB-Kurdish friend in US: Obama is not a loyal friend to the Peshmerga & the Kurdish people. He does nothing to help loyal friends like the Kurds. He CONSTANTLY rides the diplomatic fence trying to appease other countries & peoples (even some who are unfriendly, maybe even US enemies) at the expense of our friends & allies like the Kurds. We respect and admire the Kurdish people & the Peshmerga and pray for you. Pray for us- and for you. If Clinton is elected, it will be 4 more years like Obama. God be with the Kurdish people.

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