Kurds warn de­ploy­ment of Na­tional Guards in Kirkuk

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

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.

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