Min­istry for Pesh­merga claims Iraq owes us IQD 13 tril­lion

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

The Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Govern­ment’s Min­istry for Pesh­merga has an­nounced that the Kur­dish Pesh­merga now ac­count for just 2% of the Iraqi Army and other se­cu­rity forces, and that Bagh­dad still owes them bil­lions of dol­lars.

The Sec­re­tary of the Pesh­merga Min­istry says his min­istry is es­tab­lish­ing 22 Pesh­merga bri­gades, 13 of which are al­ready com­plete. In to­tal, the 22 bri­gades will con­tain 160,000 Pesh­merga. The KRG is plan­ning to es­tab­lish a uni­fied Pesh­merga force and fi­nally ban­ish the mem­ory of the civil war of the 1990s, when Pesh­merga forces be­came af­fil­i­ated to po­lit­i­cal par­ties.

The process of uni­fy­ing the forces started in 2010. How­ever, ac­cord­ing to Jab­bar Yawar, Min­is­ter for Pesh­merga, it will take longer than planned.

In an in­ter­view with a Turk­ish news agency, Yawar blamed the de­lay on fi­nan­cial and lo­gis­ti­cal is­sues and re­ferred to Bagh­dad’s re­fusal to in­clude his min­istry’s ex­penses in the Iraqi de­fense bud­get since 2007. As a re­sult, roughly IQD 13 tril­lion (more than US$ 10 bil­lion) has ac­cu­mu­lated in debt.

“Pesh­merga forces have been part of the Iraqi de­fense sys­tem since 2004, but have still to re­ceive any funds in the de­fense bud­get.”

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