Mas­rour Barzani: Bagh­dad im­ped­ing weapon sup­plies to Kurds

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Iraq's Cen­tral Gov­ern­ment is im­ped­ing for­eign mil­i­tary as­sis­tance to the Kur­dish Pesh­merga forces in their fight with the Is­lamic State, Kur­dis­tan's Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ad­vi­sor com­plained.

Mas­rour Barzani said, "Bagh­dad im­pedes the for­eign as­sis­tance to the Pesh­merga forces," adding "this is a vi­o­la­tion of the Con­sti­tu­tion.”

Barzani met with a del­e­ga­tion from Ger­many's For­eign and De­fense min­istries on Wed­nes­day to dis­cuss the war against ISIS.

"In the Con­sti­tu­tion the Pesh­merga are part of Iraq's de­fense forces,” said Barzani. "But Bagh­dad not only does not meet its con­sti­tu­tional re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, it rather pre­vents the de­liv­ery of as­sis­tance to the Pesh­merga," he added.

Ger­many and other Western coun­tries, among them Italy, the United King­dom and the United States, have pro­vided mil­i­tary as­sis­tance and train­ing to the Kur­dish forces, but only with a nod from Bagh­dad.

Kur­dish lead­ers have com­plained that Bagh­dad has tried to curb for­eign mil­i­tary aid to the Kurds, par­tic­u­larly when air­craft bring­ing sup­plies are routed through Bagh­dad air­port.

With its own army in ru­ins after a rout by ISIS in June, Bagh­dad has re­lied on the Pesh­merga to stop ISIS ad­vance in the north. But the Cen­tral Gov­ern­ment fears that too much mil­i­tary power in the hands of the Kurds could fur­ther fuel their as­pi­ra­tions of in­de­pen­dence from Iraq.

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