Pres­i­dent Barzani: Pesh­merga re­gains a lot of ground

Pres­i­dent Barzani: The Iraqi gov­ern­ment is obliged to meet its com­mit­ments in the on­go­ing bat­tle against ISIL across the coun­try

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On Wed­nes­day, Kur­dis­tan Re­gion pres­i­dent Mas­soud Barzani met with for­eign del­e­gates and diplo­mats in Salahud­din, in­clud­ing those from the US, the UK, Ger­many, France and many more. He ac­knowl­edged the pre­cious help of all the coun­tries that have sup­ported Kurds in their fight against the ISIL mil­i­tants and hoped their hu­man­i­tar­ian and mil­i­tary as­sis­tance as well will con­tinue in the fu­ture.

On Wed­nes­day, Kur­dis­tan Re­gion pres­i­dent Mas­soud Barzani met with for­eign del­e­gates and diplo­mats in Salahud­din, in­clud­ing those from the US, the UK, Ger­many, France and many more. He ac­knowl­edged the pre­cious help of all the coun­tries that have sup­ported Kurds in their fight against the ISIL mil­i­tants and hoped their hu­man­i­tar­ian and mil­i­tary as­sis­tance as well will con­tinue in the fu­ture.

Dur­ing the meet­ing, Barzani said that ISIL in­sur­gents don’t have any re­gard to the laws, hu­man rights or the pro­tec­tion of civil­ians, while Pesh­merga forces, in con­trast, have through­out his­tory shown that they don’t vi­o­late hu­man rights.

“In re­cent weeks, Pesh­merga forces have been win­ning against Is­lamic State. Pesh­merga are the main fac­tor in pre­vent­ing IS tak­ing com­plete con­trol of the Nin­eveh Val­ley and at­tach­ing them to Syr­ian re­gions un­der in­sur­gents’ con­trol’, said Barzani.

Mr Barzani also said that even though the Kurds have a lot of ques­tions re­gard­ing the new Iraqi gov­ern­ment, they want to par­tic­i­pate in the new cab­i­net so that Bagh­dad can support Pesh­merga in fight­ing the ex­trem­ist group.

On Tues­day, Pres­i­dent Barzani also met with the com­man­der of the United States Cen­tral Com­mand Gen­eral Lloyd Austin and the US Am­bas­sador to Iraq Stu­art Jones in Er­bil.

The Pres­i­dent and the US gen­eral dis­cussed the mil­i­tary cam­paign cur­rently un­der­way against the ISIS ter­ror­ists and the mil­i­tary support of the US to the Pesh­merga forces. Pres­i­dent Barzani thanked the United States and other coali­tion coun­tries for their mil­i­tary support for the KRG. He also thanked the United States for its mil­i­tary support for the peo­ple of the be­sieged Syr­ian Kur­dish city of Ko- bani, who have been bravely fight­ing off the ISIS ter­ror­ists.

Gen­eral Austin rec­og­nized the role of the Pesh­merga forces in the fight against the ISIS ter­ror­ists and reaf­firmed con­tin­ued US support for the Pesh­merga. In par­tic­u­lar, he praised the mil­i­tary suc­cesses and gains made by the Pesh­merga forces around Mo­sul in re­cent weeks.

Pres­i­dent Barzani and Gen­eral Austin dis­cussed the re­quire­ments and needs for the Kur­dish forces and they both un­der­lined the need for con­tin­ued support for the peo­ple of Kobani.

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