Kurds warn deployment of National Guards in Kirkuk
The Iraqi Shiite leaders are trying to send the National Guard forces to Kirkuk, and Hadi al- Ameri, prominent Shiite leader and head of the Badr Army, has recently threatened to send the forces into the city defiantly.
This has raged the Kurdish political parties in the Province who argue that such an action would threaten the determination of the destiny of the city and would become a security deterioration factor.
Mohamed Kamal, Head of the Kurdistan Democratic Party's Third Branch says, "the Peshmarga forces are protecting all areas and there is no need for any other force to enter in the Province."
“If the Turkomans want to establish their own armed forces to protect Taza Town and liberate Bashir Village, they can do that in coordination with Peshmarga forces," said Kamal. "Otherwise in no other Kurdish populated areas of Kirkuk any other armed forces are allowed to take control except the Peshmarga forces.”
Kamal warns Kurds not to commit this mistake by allowing National Guards to enter Kirkuk in any way. “It is better to confront them before we regret it.”
Mohamed Nasraddin, head of Gorran Movement Office in Kirkuk, on the other hands, says National Guards would be a hinder to the process of returning Kirkuk to Kurdistan borders.
“National Guards showed a bad experience in Khurmatoo by creating trouble for Peshmarga forces and the locals, that's why we don't want the same experience to happen again.”
“Repeating the same mistake is ignorance, and we don't want to be ignorant,” says Kurdistan Islamic Party official Ibrahim Khalil. “It was a mistake to allow the Iraqi army to enter Kirkuk, which led to many issues. The same thing is true for the National Guards.”
Khalil argued that Kirkuk is a Kurdistani city and only Kurdish forces should protect it.
“If they [National Guards] want to fight Islamic State, let them go and liberate other areas,” says Sheikh Siddig, head of Kurdistan Communist Party's Kirkuk branch.
All Kurdish people and political parties see the presence of any Iraqi armed forces in Kirkuk as a threat to the Kurdish dream of returning the city to Kurdistan.