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Kurdistan

President Barzani: Kobane will not fall to terrorists

By Rudaw 30/10/2014
Kurdistan Region President Massoud Barzani calls for the defeat of ISIS in Kobane.
Kurdistan Region President Massoud Barzani calls for the defeat of ISIS in Kobane.
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region—Kurdish President Massoud Barzani said in a statement on Thursday that Peshmerga forces dispatched to Kobane are to reinforce the defenders of the city with firepower “and defeat the terrorists in Western Kurdistan.”

Barzani said that leaders of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) in Kobane had requested a backup team of Peshmerga with heavy weapons “and based on their request we decided to send this force.”

“It is an honor for Kurdistan and the brave Peshmerga to help any town or village in any part of Kurdistan,” said Barzani. “It is an honor that we are fighting the most violent terrorist group on behalf of humanity.”

The Kurdish president said that Erbil is ready to provide more Peshmerga forces for the defense of Kobane if needed.

On Tuesday the Kurdistan Region sent a unit of 150 Peshmerga fighters armed with advanced weapons and artillery to the Kurdish city of Kobane on the Turkey-Syria border under siege from the Islamic State (IS).

Barzani said that sending the Peshmerga to Kobane wouldn't have been possible without the United States and Turkey’s consent.

“Secretary of State Mr. John Kerry told me in a telephone conversation that they were working with Turkey about sending Peshmerga forces through Turkish territory to Kobane,” said Barzani. 

He said that the deployment of Peshmerga forces to Kobane had involved several meetings between Kurdish, US and Turkish officials.

Barzani added that the “quick response of the coalition forces, their military support for Kurdistan Region and US air strikes greatly helped the YPG fighters and were instrumental in defeating the ISIS in Kobane.”

The president said that “standing by Kobane is a patriotic duty.”

“In the beginning and due to geographical distance and the siege by terrorists, getting support to Kobane was very difficult,” he said. “But we did our best with our own people and our friends to make sure Kobane doesn't fall to the terrorists.”

Barzani described the Islamic State group as a “racist organization”.

“The group isn't only an extremist religious group, but most of them are also racists that is why they targeted the Kurdistan Region and Rojava.” 

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Biji Kurdistan | 30/10/2014
First time in our history our parties are getting so close to each other and this must continue. For different reasons maybe we are not going to have a united Kurdistan in near future but strong relations between 4parts will eventually give us the means to have protection and a home in the End. We Kurds have to work with each other to make sure we have strong political relations. Biji Serok û partyên Kurdan (Except religious ones: I believe religion should be in its praying place or between an individual and their god. Politicising religion has never worked and for some reasons will never work)
Future | 30/10/2014
it's just the beginning! turkey has nothing to choose. Bji Yagertia Kurdistan!
Rafi | 30/10/2014
The Kurds have been displaying courage, bravery, and will. The world finally knows who the Kurds are. We are beloved by the international community because of what we stand for and that is equality and freedom in the land of Kurdistan for everyone. We either unite or die. I love that president Barzani said western Kurdistan because we gotta let the world know that Kurdistan is united. Considering the circumstances, Kurds still have the brightest future in that region. I can't wait to visit my country that I fled from because our people was getting killed from the same people that has been killing our people since the beginning of our time. God bless.
Kurdish Unity | 30/10/2014
The statement of President Barzani is asolutely true:"The terror Islamist state is racist".This assertion is bold and defiant. Lets make it clear to the world that the terror islamists are attacking Kurdistan mainly out of racist motivations.They deny us any form of existence.Of course behind them are all the remnants of the Iraqi Baath officials who are at the same time the backbone of the Islamist terror army.Turkey also is a main component of this anti Kurdish conspiracy and it is indeed its main patron and supporter.Vice president Biden said it honestly and the whole world realize that it is true.The Kurds we must unite and show the world that our fight is in behalf of the humanity and its dear values.Let's be confident that in the end we will have the free world on our side in this battle.From this war a democratic and free independent Kurdistan is emerging.
FSA=ISIS=ARAB=TURK=Terrorists | 30/10/2014
But dear Barzani, FSA just entered Kobani, and the FSA are a bunch of backward terrorists.

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