KRG re­fuses to with­draw Pesh­merga from the dis­puted ar­eas

Kurds crit­i­cize Shi­ite of­fi­cial for provoca­tive speech

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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.

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