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No need for Shiite militias for Mosul battle, Sunni Iraqi politician claims

By Rudaw 8/2/2016
Osama Nujaifi. Photo: AP
Osama Nujaifi. Photo: AP
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region - Prominent Iraqi Sunni politician Osama Nujaifi said Monday that various Sunni militias would take part in an anticipated battle to liberate the Iraqi city of Mosul from Islamic State (ISIS) control, claiming there was no need for Shiite participation.

His office said that, in a meeting with French ambassador to Iraq Marc Barety, Nujaifi said that the Shiite Hashd al-Shaabi would not be the only paramilitary force taking part in the fight.

He said that, besides the Iraqi army, the Sunni  Hashd al-Watani and  Kurdish Peshmerga will be part of the force to liberate Mosul.

"Osama Nujaifi, head of the (Sunni) Mutahidun coalition faction in the Iraqi parliament discussed bilateral relations between (Iraq and France), security developments in Iraq and the fight against ISIS with the French ambassador to Iraq Marc Barety," Nujaifi's office said in a statement.

According to the announcement, Nujaifi explained to the French envoy that the battle for Mosul will begin after Anbar province is entirely controlled by Iraqi forces.

He cautioned against allowing the Shiite Hashd al-Shaabi to take part in the battle for Mosul.

“The nature of the battle for Mosul does not require us to let the Hashd al-Shaabi do its part in this battle, because ISIS will use this participation against us as a sectarian card," Nujaifi claimed.

He said the Hashd al- Watani militia consists of all elements from Mosul, and are expected to play the crucial role in the battle, in spite of the participation of the US-led coalition, the Peshmerga and the Iraqi army.

Nujaifi stressed that cooperation between Mosul residents and Iraqi forces is essential to help facilitate the recapture of the city.

Meanwhile, Iraq’s defense ministry said earlier this week that it would deploy some 4,500 soldiers to the Makhmour front in preparation for the long-anticipated offensive against ISIS in Mosul.


Karl Steinmann | 8/2/2016
There can be no battle for Mosul without the kurdish participation,and there will be no kurdish participation without previous declaration of kurdish Indepenence agreed peacefully with Baghdad and Washington.
Mlody | 9/2/2016
You gotta love those Kurd people :) You are the only side in the whole conflict that I have no doubt about. Your intentions are honest and spirit strong. I am from Poland, a country that very few citizens have any knowledge about what is going on, mainly due to lack of decent reporting in Poland. Thank you for this news service, it has been my prime news source for some time, and I never going back. Stay strong and please remember about the debt! You are not fighting this war just to be debt serves when it is over. Cheers from Poland.

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