Barzani prom­ises to con­tinue fight­ing ISIS

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Pres­i­dent Mas­soud Barzani vowed to fight the Is­lamic State (ISIS) “wher­ever they are” and said Pesh­merga forces are ready to support the Iraqi army in the bat­tle for Mo­sul.

“We have no pre­con­di­tion when it comes to fight­ing the ISIS,” Barzani told re­porters at Mount Shin­gal. “We will at­tack them wher­ever they are.”

“It is a dream come true to speak be­fore you here and ex­tend my con­grat­u­la­tions to the Kur­dish peo­ple, to our beloved Yezidis,” an emo­tional Barzani said.

“The Pesh­merga have made his­tory here by re­cap­tur­ing this area in just 24 hours. I’m sure our martyrs are happy to see this day,” he added.

Barzani said ISIS is in con­trol of very lit­tle in Kur­dis­tan, which he said the Pesh­merga will re­cap­ture “very soon.”

An­swer­ing a ques­tion by Ru­daw about the bat­tle for Mo­sul, which has been un­der ISIS con­trol since June, Barzani said: “If the Iraqi gov­ern­ment and the peo­ple of Mo­sul have a plan, we will study it and see how to as­sist the Iraqi army in re­cap­tur­ing the city.”

Pesh­merga forces en­tered Shin­gal late Satur­day after re­cap­tur­ing 2,700 square kilo­me­ters of ter­ri­tory from ISIS, mil­i­tary sources have said.

Nearly 8,000 Pesh­merga fight­ers launched their big­gest op­er­a­tion against ISIS north­west of Iraq on Wed­nes­day.

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