Barzani says ul­ti­mate vic­tory is near

Kur­dish Pres­i­dent vis­its Pesh­marga fron­tiers and prom­ises to pro­vide them with heavy arms

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Kur­dish Pres­i­dent vis­its Pesh­marga fron­tiers and prom­ises to pro­vide them with heavy arms

On the oc­ca­sion of Eid al Fi­tir, Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Pres­i­dent Massoud Barzani vis­ited the Pesh­marga Forces pro­tect­ing the bor­ders of the newly lib­er­ated Kur­dish ar­eas in Mo­sul, Kirkuk and Diala Prov­inces.

Vis­it­ing Kirkuk fron­tiers

Dur­ing his visit to the Kirkuk fron­tiers, Pres­i­dent Barzani told the Pesh­mar­gas that his visit was to con­grat­u­late them on the oc­ca­sion of the Eid on the be­half of the peo­ple of Kur­dis­tan and thank them for pro­tect­ing their home­land, Kur­dis­tan.

“Pesh­marga is mak­ing the his­tory now and cre­at­ing a fu­ture for its na­tion, which is a big honor,” Pres­i­dent Barzani told the Pesh­mar­gas. “You sac­ri­fice your lives so that Kur­dis­tani na­tion lives in lib­erty and free­dom.”

“Our free­dom and sur­vival is the re­sult of the blood­shed of our mar­tyrs and they are a source of pride for­ever,” reads a press re­lease by Pres­i­dent Barzani on the oc­ca­sion of the Eid.

Vis­it­ing Gar­main fronts

Pres­i­dent Barzani, ac­com­pa­nied by a del­e­ga­tion of officials, paid a visit to the Garmian ar­eas and met with the Pesh­marga Forces in Jalawla and Saadiya fron­tiers.

Dur­ing that visit Barzani de­liv­ered a speech, in which he stated that they have tried a lot to cre­ate a demo­cratic Iraq, “but the other par­ties didn’t want democ­racy to win in Iraq and didn’t want Iraq to stay united.”

“We frankly say we can­not do more than that and we have al­ready done our best and can­not wait for an un­known des­tiny,” Barzani said adding that the Kur­dish lead­er­ship works on two par­al­lel things, first help­ing the po­lit­i­cal process in Iraq and the sec­ond is work­ing on the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the self-de­ter­mi­na­tion right of the Kur­dis­tan na­tion.

Re­gard­ing the role of the Pesh­marga, Barzani said they have a heavy and his­tor­i­cal re­spon­si­bil­ity to se­cure a life for its na­tion.

“The ex­is­tence of Pesh- marga means the ex­is­tence and sur­vival of Kur­dis­tan,” he said. “Thanks to Pesh­marga forces Kur­dis­tan lives in peace and se­cu­rity and 1.2 mil­lion refugees ben­e­fit from this sta­bil­ity in Kur­dis­tan as well.

Com­ment­ing on the com­plaints by some peo­ple and groups about Pesh­mar­gas’ seizure of these ar­eas, Barzani said they should be asked “what would have hap­pened if Pesh­mar­gas were not there to con­trol these ar­eas? Who would con­trol them then?”

“Since the Septem­ber Revo­lu­tion the slo­gan of Kur­dis­tan na­tion has been democ­racy for Iraq,” ex­plained Barzani. “Dur­ing the 1991 revo­lu­tion two Iraqi Army units that had de­stroyed Kur­dis­tan Re­gion fall into the hands of the Kurds, but they didn’t hurt one sin­gle Iraqi sol­dier. This was an in­cred- ible thing shown by the Kur­dish na­tion to prove their strug­gle for democ­racy and co-ex­is­tence.”

Vis­it­ing West of Ti­gris


Another visit of the Kur­dish Pres­i­dent was to the front­lines of West of Ti­gris River, where Barzani con­trat­u­lated the Pesh­marga forces on the oc­ca­sion of Eid al Fi­tir and said that this se­cu­rity and po­lit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion is tem­po­rary and it would come to an end soon. How­ever Pesh­marga Forces have to be al­ways ready and pre­pared to con­front any threats, hence they have to be pro­vided with all their needs and re­quire­ments.

Pres­i­dent Barzani promised to im­prove the liv­ing stan­dards of the Pesh­mar­gas’ in the front­lines and that of their fam­i­lies back home. Ad­di­tion­ally he promised to pro­vide them with more arms and he an­nounced that they will buy heave arms for Pesh­marga Forces in the near fu­ture.

“We never wanted to tres­pass over the rights of any­one, but Pesh­marga has al­ways been ready to pro­tect its coun­try against any threats.”

Pres­i­dent Barzani asked the Pesh­marga Forces to pro­tect “your broth­ers and sis­ters” in Western Kur­dis­tan and sup­port them the same way as they pro­tect and sup­port the peo­ple of Kur­dis­tan Re­gion.

He also asked the Gov­er­nor of Duhok to help the res­i­dent of the West of Ti­gris ar­eas, who have been liv­ing in very dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tions re­cently due to pres­sures by the in­sur­gents such as cut­ting power and wa­ter sup­ply from them.

Vis­it­ing Mo­sul fronts

As part of the se­ries of vis­its to Pesh­marga front­lines, Barzani and his ac­com­pa­ny­ing del­e­ga­tion vis­ited the Mo­sul ar­eas and met with the Pesh­marge forces and of­fi­cers.

Dur­ing the meet­ings Pres­i­dent Barzani talked about the sac­ri­fices and ef­forts of the Pesh­marga Forces dur­ing these hard times and he paid trib­ute to those Pesh­mar­gas who lost their lives for the sake of their peo­ple and na­tion and also wished fast re­cov­ery for the in­jured Pesh­mar­gas.

He also re­it­er­ated their full sup­port for the Pesh­marga Forces and said thanks to them Kur­dis­tan is reach­ing a bright fu­ture and “the ul­ti­mate vic­tory is near.”

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