999 Kur­dish Pesh­merga troops killed in fight­ing with Is­lamic State: Yawar

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The Spokesman of the Min­istry of Pesh­marga and its Sec­re­tary Gen­eral , Lieu­tenant Gen­eral, Jab­bar Yawar has an­nounced on Wed­nes­day, that nearly six thou­sand mem­bers of the Kur­dish Pesh­marga forces were ca­su­al­ties since the out­break of the war against Is­lamic State group IS mil­i­tants on June 10, 2014.

The Spokesman of the Min­istry of Pesh­marga and its Sec­re­tary Gen­eral , Lieu­tenant Gen­eral, Jab­bar Yawar has an­nounced on Wed­nes­day, that nearly six thou­sand mem­bers of the Kur­dish Pesh­marga forces were ca­su­al­ties since the out­break of the war against Is­lamic State group IS mil­i­tants on June 10, 2014.

Yawar said at a news con­fer­ence in Er­bil, the cap­i­tal of Kur­dis­tan Re­gion that “The lat­est statis­tics of the Min­istry refers to “the mar­tyr­dom of 999 el­e­ments of Pesh­marga while 4596 oth­ers were in­jured.”

“The min­istry will do what it can” to as­sist fam­i­lies of the dead or wounded Pesh­marga, and praised the high morale of Kur­dish forces, Yawar said.

“Our brave Pesh­marga forces have shown re­spect for hu­man rights and dig­nity, even in the bat­tle­fields, and re­spected in­ter­na­tional con­ven­tions of war­fare,” Yawar said in re­sponse to a ques­tion about on­line images of dead ISIS fighters be­ing dragged through the streets of Kirkuk.

“Th­ese in­ci­dents are in no way rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Pesh­marga ethics and we will thor­oughly in­ves­ti­gate any mil­i­tary mis­con­duct and pun­ish the vi­o­la­tors,” Yawar said.

About the Na­tional Guard Law, passed by the Fed­eral Cabi­net Tues­day Yawar said that the law “does not in­clude Kur­dis­tan Re­gion,” point­ing that “it has been re­jected by Kirkuk pro­vin­cial Coun­cil also”.

The Pres­i­dent of Iraq’s au­ton­o­mous Kur­dis­tan Re­gion, Mas­soud Barzani, an­nounced that the Kur­dish Pesh­marga forces had killed ap­prox­i­mately 3,000 Is­lamic State group IS mil­i­tants.

In an in­ter­view with the Lon­don-based Hayat Mag­a­zine, Barzani said, “800 Pesh­marga were killed. Of those, 300 were of­fi­cers, two of them were ma­jor gen­er­als, and ten were bri­gadiers.”

Pesh­marga forces con­tinue their fight to re­take I-Sheld ter­ri­to­ries in the north of the coun­try, with clashes near the city of Kirkuk hav­ing in­ten­si­fied since IS launched an attack in the area last Fri­day.

Last month, af­ter Kur­dish lead­ers were de­nied an in­vi­ta­tion to an anti-IS con­fer­ence in Lon­don by the in­ter­na­tional coali­tion in­volved in fight­ing the mil­i­tants, Barzani lamented that Kur­dish sac­ri­fices were not ad­e­quately rec­og­nized by the world.

”It is un­for­tu­nate that the peo­ple of Kur­dis­tan make the sac­ri­fice and the credit goes to oth­ers,” he said about Kur­dis­tan’s ab­sence at the meet­ing.

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