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Kurdistan

Kurdish ‘Liberation Army’ threatens to attack Hashd in Tuz Khurmatu

By Hunar Ahmed 29/11/2017
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TUZ KHURMATU, Kurdistan Region – A new armed force of about 200 fighters has been formed east of Tuz Khurmatu.

They call themselves “the Liberation Army” and their objective is to fight Iraqi forces, especially the mainly Shiite Hashd al-Shaabi, who are accused of human rights violation against Tuz Khurmatu’s Kurdish population since taking control of the city in October.

Fryad Saadullah, who said he was a regular Peshmerga fighter until the fall of Tuz Khurmatu and Kirkuk on October 16, said he and his father are the only survivors from their family of the Kurdish genocide, Anfal, committed by the Iraqi army in the 1980s. His biggest fear is that Anfal has returned to Kurdish lands.

“We are afraid that the disadvantaged people of these villages will face another wave of Anfal. We are not doing this for political gain. We are doing this to defend our honour and land,” Saadullah told Rudaw.

The Liberation Army claimed they killed eight Hashd fighters during clashes on Wednesday. One of their own fighters was injured.

Samir Latif, another fighter, told Rudaw that the clashes happened when some 30 Hashd fighters wanted to “loot and steal” from Kurdish villages east of Tuz Khurmatu. He said the Liberation Army responded to the Hashd operation, killing a number of fighters and destroying some of their military vehicles.

Rudaw cannot independently verify his claim. The Hashd al-Shaabi media office did not report any clashes in the area.

This is the second armed group to have been reported by Rudaw near Tuz Khurmatu. Locals in the area have said an unknown armed group has set itself up in the area.

Those who joined the Liberation Army, mainly Peshmerga defectors, claim their houses have been burned and bombed by the Hashd al-Shaabi and that they are wanted by the Shiite fighters. But this has not discouraged them from taking the fight to the Hashd.

They believe force is necessary in order to allow people of Tuz Khurmatu to go home.

"There is a saying: ‘Revenge will come in full force, though a bit late,’” said Nazim Haji Mansur, another fighter.

“God willing, we will return. This is not the first time we faced a setback. Each time we ended successful. The enemies of the Kurds must not celebrate that the Kurds are finished."

"Our force is not a force only to liberate Tuz Khurmatu. Kirkuk too has the same wound as Tuz Khurmatu,” Mohammed Fazel, a fighter, said.

The Liberation Army said they operate outside of the traditional Kurdish parties.

“We are a group of volunteers. I plead to everyone, every side from all four parts of Kurdistan to come and work with us. We operate outside the political parties and the government,” said Fazel.

The Liberation Army is stationed near Zinana village, east of Tuz Khurmatu. They warn that if the current situation continues, they will attack Tuz Khurmatu.

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Muraz Adzhoev | 30/11/2017
There is only one single “Liberation Army” - the Peshmerga army, police and security forcers which must be led by the national leader-commander and the head of the High Political (Patriotic) Council Masoud Mustafa Barzani in order to liberate the self-determined People, to implement the convincing and binding outcome of the Referendum on sovereign reintegration and independence of Southern Kurdistan from deadly failed, absolutely fake, obviously hostile, immoral and criminal “Iraqi arab islamic federation”. “Groups of volunteers” become something that is naturally expressing what the People, all ethnic and religious communities of Southern Kurdistan are waiting for from their Peshmerga army, police and security forces without delay now to strengthen decisive political, legal, diplomatic efforts of the KRG and the Regional Parliament based on the fundamental principles and provisions of the international law and of the Iraqi Constitution which has been violated and raped by Baghdad “Green Zone” authorities fire more than 12 years already.
Shkak | 30/11/2017
Long Live the Kurdish Liberation Army. VICTORY WITH KURDS .
Kurdishpsycho | 30/11/2017
Give'em hell. Do not take orders from PUK and KDP jashs. Take it from your hearts.
Independence | 30/11/2017
The Kurdish Liberation Army will crush the enemie of Kurdistan who, among others , are the traitors, the widow and son of Talabani .
guest2002 | 30/11/2017
great.kill the occupiers. send them back to najaf and karbala ,horizontally.
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