Mi­rani: Pesh­marga needs bet­ter support

The Iraqi gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials have not taken Pesh­marga roles against IS group into con­sid­er­a­tion.

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The Sec­re­tary of the Kur­dis­tan Demo­cratic Party (KDP) Polit­buro Fazil Mi­rani, in an in­ter­view with Al-Arabiya Ha­dath Satel­lite TV chan­nel, talked about the po­lit­i­cal process in Iraq, the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion and the cur­rent se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion in the area.

Mi­rani said the Bri­tish forces are train­ing the Iraqi and Kur­dish forces on weapons which are ex­pected to be used against the Is­lamic State. He con­firmed that the avail­able weapons are not enough for Pesh­marha forces to de­feat IS com­pletely; Pesh­marga are fight­ing against a ter­ror­ist state that owns de­vel­op­ing weapons. This is why Pesh­marga have to be bet­ter sup­ported in all re­spects.

Mi­rani re­vealed that the Iraqi Army has de­vel­op­ing weapons and the de­vices used to find and defuse mines and bombs while the Kur­dish forces lack such so­phis­ti­cated weapons. He asked the al­lied coun­tries to pro­vide the Kur­dish forces with what is needed to de­feat the IS.

Mi­rani crit­i­cized the Iraqi Gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials for not tak­ing Pesh­marga roles against IS group into con­sid­er­a­tions. “Pesh­marga forces have lib­er­ated many im­por­tant ar­eas so far, in­clud­ing Mo­sul Dam, Rabia’a, %80 of Zum­mar area, Makhmour and Gwer. But un­for­tu­nately no of­fi­cials from the Iraqi Gov­ern­ment or the Min­istry of De­fense have ap­pre­ci­ated Pesh­marga for achiev­ing such vic­to­ries,” noted Mi­rani.

Mi­rani also said that Iraq and Kur­dis­tan Re­gion have to work to­gether since IS fight­ers are present in ar­eas un­der the con­trol of both.

Re­gard­ing the eco­nomic sit­u­a­tion in Kur­dis­tan Re­gion, Mi­rani said “The fi­nan­cial cri­sis has noth- ing to do with the Iraqi Fi­nance Min­is­ter. The is­sue is re­lated to the ways of how to run the coun­try. There is no gov­ern­ment in the world that cut the salary of its em­ploy­ees who are serv­ing their peo­ple and their coun­try. When the decision of cut­ting the salary of the em­ploy­ees was made, no one from the Iraqi Gov­ern­ment or from other neigh­bor­ing Arab coun­tries protested.”

Mi­rani be­lieves if the Iraqi Gov­ern­ment wants Kur­dis­tan Re­gion stay within the coun­try, it should make Kur­dish peo­ple feel com­fort­able and sat­is­fied.

Mr. Fazil Mi­rani hoped the cur­rent Iraqi Gov­ern­ment would learn from the pre­vi­ous cab­i­nets’ mis­takes and never re­peat them again.

Fazil Mi­rani, the Sec­re­tary of the Kur­dis­tan Demo­cratic Party (KDP) Polit­buro

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