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

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

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.

Ac­cord­ing to

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.

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