Pres­i­dent Barzani: ISIS only de­feated by Pesh­marga

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Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Pres­i­dent, Ma­soud Barzani re­ceived a United States gov­ern­ment del­e­ga­tion headed by Mr. Tony Blinken, Deputy Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ad­vi­sor. Dur­ing the meet­ing Pres­i­dent Barzani briefed the del­e­ga­tion with the lat­est de­vel­op­ment re­gard­ing the on­go­ing con­flict with the ter­ror­ists of the Is­lamic State in Iraq and Syria, ISIS and elab­o­rated on the ad­vanced of the Pesh­merga forces on a num­ber of fronts against ISIS.

Pres­i­dent Barzani also stated that the ISIS ter­ror­ist group is not a new phe­nom­e­non; rather it is a con­tin­u­a­tion of the pre­vi­ous at­tempts by al-Qaeda and other re­lated ter­ror­ist groups in Iraq.

“If the was a so­lu­tion for the ar­eas where Sun­nis based, ISIS would grow big. It was the wrong pol­icy of the for­mer Iraqi Prime Min­is­ter that made Sunni peo­ple think of ISIS as li­brat­ing forces,”

Barzani also at­trib­uted Pesh­marga’s de­feat against ISIS group at first to big num­ber of weapons left by Iraqi armies for ISIS. He said Pesh­marga is cur­rently is mov­ing for­ward and is try­ing to con­trol all the in­vaded ar­eas. “ISIS has been de­feated only by Pesh­marga forces; no forces can stand against ISIS in the other ar­eas,” noted Barzani

Barzani be­lieves mil­i­tary ac­tions are not the only so­lu­tion for de­stroy­ing ISIS, but their fi­nan­cial sources have to be dried up and ter­ror­ists from out­side need to be pre­vented from en­ter­ing ISIS in Iraq.

Mr. Blinken, on his part ex­pressed his con­tin­ued support on be­half of the gov­ern­ment of the United States to the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion in gen­eral and its fight against ISIS in par­tic­u­lar. Mr. Blinken added that the mil­i­tary co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the United States and the Kur­dis­tan Reion will con­tinue for the sake of erad­i­cat­ing ter­ror­ists in the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion, Iraq and the larger re­gion.

The Iraq po­lit­i­cal process and the newly formed cab­i­net were another topic of the dis­cus­sions. Both sides agreed that the pro­gram, which was an­nounced dur­ing the for­ma­tion of the Iraqi cab­i­net, needs to be im­ple­mented on time, and the is­sues be­tween the Iraqi gov­ern­ment and Kur­dis­tan Re­gion should be solved.

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