A State­ment from Pres­i­dent Ma­soud Barzani

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In the name of God the Mer­ci­ful, the Com­pas­sion­ate

Proud peo­ple of Kur­dis­tan,

The peo­ple of Kur­dis­tan are ac­cus­tomed, in their cul­ture, to re­spect and abide by re­li­gious plu­ral­ism and co­ex­is­tence. They have not in­tim­i­dated any­one and through­out his­tory they have al­ways been in a de­fen­sive po­si­tion. How­ever, the en­e­mies never stand still and they aim, when­ever pos­si­ble, to harm our peo­ple in ev­ery way they can. Fol­low­ing the events of Mo­sul, Kur­dis­tan has only de­fended it­self. How­ever, the ter­ror­ists started to pro­voke and at­tack Kur­dis­tan, re­sult­ing in the re­cent dis­tress­ing in­ci­dents. There­fore, we de­cided to go be­yond the de­fen­sive po­si­tion and fight the ter­ror­ists to the last breath. We have or­dered the Pesh­merga forces to at­tack the ter­ror­ists and the en­e­mies of the peo­ple and the land of Kur­dis­tan with all their power. The re­cent de­vel­op­ments in the ar­eas of Zu­mar and Sin­jar and the tragedy that faced our Yezidi broth­ers and sis­ters are heart­break­ing. We re­as­sure the peo­ple of Kur­dis­tan that we will not re­lin­quish an inch of the ter­ri­tory of Kur­dis­tan and that we will de­fend Sin­jar and our Yezidi broth­ers and sis­ters dearly, and that Sin­jar Moun­tain will con­tinue to stand tall. This beloved and in­dige­nous part of our na­tion will re­main proud and it is our duty to pro­tect it. Ter­ror­ism is a global is­sue and it re­quires an in­ter­na­tional re­sponse and ef­fort to com­bat it. For years, Kur­dis­tan has been the vic­tim of ter­ror and ter­ror­ists. It is un­for­tu­nate that we have been alone and that no one has helped the peo­ple of Kur­dis­tan to de­fend against ter­ror. Yet, in fight­ing ter­ror we have al­ways re­lied on the sup­port of our peo­ple, the Pesh­merga, and se­cu­rity forces. We have al­ways ad­hered to the prin­ci­ples of free­dom and the gen­uine cul­ture of co­ex­is­tence and tol­er­ance in Kur­dis­tan, and this is our point of strength when it comes to at­tain­ing vic­tory against our en­e­mies and ter­ror­ists. To­day, our valiant forces have started of­fen­sive at­tacks against the ter­ror­ists and they are march­ing for­ward. I urge the peo­ple of Kur­dis­tan, the po­lit­i­cal par­ties and the Kur­dish me­dia to treat the sit­u­a­tion with ut­most re­spon­si­bil­ity and to pre­serve na­tional unity more than ever. I re­as­sure our coura­geous Pesh­merga that the peo­ple of Kur­dis­tan will sup­port them us­ing all means at their dis­posal, and that they are look­ing up to your courage, brav­ery and sac­ri­fices. Fi­nally, I thank the peo­ple of Kur­dis­tan for demon­strat­ing re­silience – the coura­geous Pesh­merga forces, the vol­un­tary forces, and the proud fam­i­lies of the mar­tyrs. And rest as­sured that a bright fu­ture awaits the peo­ple of Kur­dis­tan.

Long live Kur­dis­tan

Glory and immortality to the mar­tyrs of free­dom

Ma­soud Barzani Pres­i­dent of the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion 4 Au­gust 2014

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