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Shiite militia spokesman denies ‘Kurds are biggest problem after ISIS’

By Rudaw 17/12/2016
Qais Al-Khazal  (centre), the leader of the Shiite militia of  Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq attends funeral procession of six members of his militia who were killed in Tikrit fighting ISIS. AP photo
Qais Al-Khazal (centre), the leader of the Shiite militia of Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq attends funeral procession of six members of his militia who were killed in Tikrit fighting ISIS. AP photo

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region - A Shiite militia spokesperson denied on Saturday that his group believes Kurds are the second-largest problem in Iraq, after ISIS.


Naaim al-Abudi, the spokesperson for the Shiite Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq militia in an exclusive interview with Rudaw rejected claims that Qais Al-Khazali, leader of the militia made such an inflammatory statement.


“Not Qais Al-Khazal nor Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq have said Kurds are a part of their problem,” al-Abudi said, adding that the speech of their leader had been distorted.


In an interview with a local Iraqi TV station last week Al-Khazali said, “After ISIS, Kurds are the greatest problem, especially Mr. Masoud Barzani. And solving the problems or peace with them is impossible.”


Khazali noted that “it is very unlikely that a decisive peaceful project with the Kurds will happen.”


Khazali also accused Kurds of annexing territories during the fight against ISIS. A logical solution, he explained, is for Kurds “to return to the pre-2003 borders.”

 

As a Shiite Iraqi leader, he claimed, he will not accept “the status quo” Kurds have been talking about regarding territories they have brought under their control. “I do not agree with any territory that Kurds have annexed under the imposing politics of status quo,” he stressed.

 

Al-Abudi did not dispute this part of Khazali’s interview and also criticized comments made by Masoud Barzani, president of the Kurdistan Region, regarding the borders of the Kurdistan Region.

 

 

Comments

 
yad | 17/12/2016
I do not believe him and any shitta who friends of devil and enemy of real Muslim, they are really an dirty group in the territory . may Allah revenge them who kill Sunni Muslim and any country that help them
Baran | 17/12/2016
We can not trust words, Peshmerga YPG KDPI and all other Kurds must unite against such threats. Instead to fight eachother Kurds should work together. Kurdistan should form a paramilitary force like many countries including western countries have it. It can be a Sunni Kurdish milita under the control of the KRG. Paramilitary forces are more active and engaged like a guerrilla force to support regular forces. This advice should really be send to the Kurdish ruling parties.
duroi | 17/12/2016
That is Khazali's "goh-khwardan", he is very scared now. But half a Million of Sunni Arabs in Syria and Iraq have lost their lives this decade and KRG will be wise to disengage from Iraq failed project if they want to shield Kurds from the wave of vengeance of at lease half a Million Sunni vengeance army that will follow in the next decades against Shiites and their partners in the region. What will follow ISIS will be 10 times stronger and don't be fools and disengage, it is not worth it any more.
Non kurd | 20/12/2016
Lying terrorist bastard. The chauvinist thugs ruling baghdad will never be happy because of their jealousy towards Kurdistan.
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