Barzani and Biden discuss political and security situation in Iraq
Around 13, 000 refugees from Anbar have taken shelter in Kurdish cities. The UN condemns Ramadi and Fulluja attacks
Kurdistan Regional President, Massoud Barzani, spoke with U.S. Vice President, Joe Biden, on the phone on Thursday, January 9. They discussed the latest political and security developments in Iraq and expressed their support for the efforts by both Iraqi leaders and the local tribal leaders to fight the terrorist groups in the Anbar province.
Barzani and Biden stressed on the need for peaceful talks to resolve the country’s political challenges.
President Barzani expressed his readiness to work with other Iraqi leaders to diffuse the current crisis.
Meanwhile, sectarian violence in Anbar province caused many people to leave their houses and migrate toward Kurdistan cities.
Iraqi Parliament Speaker, Usama Nujaifi, telephoned Barzani to grant those displaced from Anbar temporary stay.
Those refugees who ar- rived in Erbil, capital of Kurdistan Region of Iraq, say that more many people will arrive soon if the fighting will continue.
Fighting between security forces and al-Qaidalinked militants in Iraq's Sunni-dominated Anbar province has killed at least 60 people over the past two weeks, an official said on Saturday.
The head of Anbar's Health Directorate stated that 43 people were killed in the city of Ramadi and another 17 were killed in Fallujah since violence erupted in the western province after the Dec. 28 arrest of a Sunni lawmaker sought on terrorism charges and the dismantling of an anti-government Sunni protest camp in Ramadi.
Following fighters of the al-Qaeda linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) controlled the city, the Iraqi army shelling the city from outside, this forces the civilian people to become the victim of an unwanted fighting and leave their houses.
International observers have warned of shortages of food, fuel and other necessities, particularly in Fallujah. The United Nations records show that more than 11,000 families have been left by the fighting.
The UN Security Council issued a statement condemning the Ramadi and Fallujah attacks and praised Iraqi security forces, local police and tribes in Anbar combating alQaeda militants.
security sources, around 13, 000 civilians from Anbar fled to Kurdistan. Meanwhile, the Kurds remember the days when the Sunni community in Iraq oppressed them during the Saddam Hussein rule.
During a political gathering in Baghdad today, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri alMaliki called for national unity among Iraqis in the war against al-Qaida, denying that there are sectarian motivations behind the military action in Anbar.