KRG refuses to withdraw Peshmerga from the disputed areas
Kurds criticize Shiite official for provocative speech
Peshmarga Ministry: Head of Badr Organization is not in a position to ask Peshmarga to leave the disputed areas.
"Peshmerga forces won’t withdraw from the disputed areas and even if they do, it will only be carried out by the order from the Kurdistan President Massoud Barzani," said the Official Spokesman of KRG Safeen Dizayi to Kurdish local media.
The KRG and Ministry of Peshmarga very strongly reacted to the Head of Shiite Badr Organization as he described Ministry of Peshmarga as “failed and cartoon” ministry. The Shiite official also asked Peshmarga forces to withdraw from the oilrich city of Kirkuk, which the Kurds believe is a red line.
The undersecretary of Ministry of Peshmarga, Anwar Hajji Othman, harshly criticized Hadi Ameri. He said that Ameri made a big mistake to say such a words, adding that the Iraqi army has to think about fighting Peshmarga 15 years from now.
Othman stated that Ameri was drunk when said so, adding that Ameri is Head of Shiite militia of Badr and his opinion is representing the Iraqi government.
The Kurdish Peshmarga official said that local administration of Kirkuk should make an apology for allowing such a man to enter Kirkuk.
Iran’s ambassador to Iraq told Kurdish media that his country disagrees with Ameri’s words about the presence of Peshmarga in Kirkuk. Hassan Danaifar said that Ameri’s words poison the tense atmosphere further in Iraq in this crucial moment.
The official spokesman of Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Safin Dizayee said that Peshmarga will not withdraw from Kirkuk unless Kurdistan Regional President Massoud Barzani or Minister of Peshmarga issues an order to do so.
The Kurdish leadership repeated several times in the past that Peshmarga will never retreat from Kirkuk because it is a Kurdish city and Iraqi army failed to protect it when militants of Islamic State (IS/ formerly ISIS) assaulted it.
At a press conference which was organized for Kirkuk governor, Najmaddin Kareem and Hadi Ameri, the latter stressed that existence of Peshmarga forces in Kirkuk is not acceptable and they should leave soon.
The Shiite official said that according to the Iraqi constitution the Kurdish forces have to retreat from Kirkuk because they are not allowed to stay outside Kurdistan Region.
He criticized Peshmarga forces and said that they proved that they are tired and incapable of fighting with Islamic State militants.
The residents of Kirkuk say that if Peshmarga forces leave the city, Iraqi army cannot resist and it will be the target of the IS militants and this would hurt all the nations there.
The Kurdish people say that Ameri should apologize to the people of Kurdistan and the family of the martyrs.