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US aid for Peshmerga encourages rebellion: Iraq MP

By Rudaw 22/4/2018
The US is providing financial assistance for the Peshmerga. File photo: Rudaw
The US is providing financial assistance for the Peshmerga. File photo: Rudaw
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – An Iraqi lawmaker has alleged the United States is encouraging Kurdish forces to rebel by providing financial assistance and called on the prime minister to speak out on the matter. 

“Delivering financial aid for the Peshmerga from a bank account in the US shows disrespect to the sovereignty of Iraq and is an encouragement for the Peshmerga to rebel against the Iraqi government,” said Firdaws al-Awadi, an MP with the State of Law Coalition. 

The US is assisting the Peshmerga with $365 million in 2018. The Peshmerga ministry said on Saturday that an installment was received and will be used to pay salaries this week. 

Awadi criticized the agreement made between the KRG and Washington without the involvement of Baghdad. 

“Delivering this money to an armed national force in Iraq without knowledge of the Iraqi government is a big problem,” she continued. 

“The US is trying to build an armed force as strong as that of Iraq or even stronger in order to use it to confront the crises that might arise in the future. I think the US doesn’t want good for Iraq and is to this day trying to divide the country. This financial aid is just one of the plans to divide the country,” Awadi alleged. 

“Is Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi aware of this aid? It is a disaster if he is aware of this. If he is not, he should immediately take international legal procedures,” she added, saying that Abadi should not stay quiet. 

“He shouldn’t allow the US to play with the sovereignty and honour of Iraq.” 

Awadi is a member of the State of Law Coalition, headed by Nouri al-Maliki, current vice president and former prime minister of Iraq. 


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Fled from sinjar makhmur kirkuk khurmatu:) | 22/4/2018
Calm down the peshmerga is divided and tribial force it fled in every war against idis hashd and iraqi army and 300 million dollar will not make them succsesfull just more depended. Even giving them atomic bomb pesh would still flee. Best tool to get Erbil back is Peshmerga they will flee in one day when America starzs to evacuate the region.
Love Kurdistan | 22/4/2018
I think this dickhead (Firdaws al-Awadi) should mind his business and first change his name from "A-Awadi" to "Al-Gwadi" then talk about matters like this.
Muraz Adzhoev | 22/4/2018
The Peshmerga is the legitimate national armed force of the KRG and the self-determined People of Southern Kurdistan. Iraq isn’t a sovereign state, because actually the Iraqi federation is dead and failed. This is the well known fact. The convincing outcome of the Referendum can not be rejected due to its legitimacy in terms of the Constitution, the international law, the historical justice and the humanitarian morality. Independent Kurdistan is the factor of security, peaceful coexistence and partnership. Failed Iraq and Syria are the factors of civil wars, mass crimes, chauvinism, fascism, radical terrorism and extremism, and should be divided and separated by the collective political and military efforts of the international community under the supervision of the UNSC and UNGA as soon as possible. Baghdad’s “Green Zone” is not a “capital city” of a sovereign state.
love peshmerga, AK USA | 22/4/2018
Let the Iraqi dictatorship go to hell. USA knows who is the most honest and trusted force that they can depend on.USA spends millions of dollars in Iran in return they don't even get a thank you. I hope and pray that relationship between Erbil and USA will even get stronger. LONG LIVE PESHMERGA...LONG LIVE USA
dilan | 22/4/2018
Says the iranian WC cleaner
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