Mirani: fighting IS is all Iraqis’ responsibility
The Secretary of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) Politburo Fazil Mirani, in an interview with Al-Iraqiya Satellite TV channel, talked about the political process in Iraq, the Kurdistan Region and the current security situation in the area.
Mirani said the participation of Peshmerga forces in the process of liberating Mosul should be approved by Kurdistan Region President, Masoud Barzani, and Kurdistan Parliament as well.
"When a force consisting of 20000 fighters is formed for librating Mosul, Kurdistan Parliament may discuss the possibility of Peshmerga contribution in the process. We may approve or disapprove the question," said Mirani.
Concerning Kirkuk city, Mirani said that Kirkuk does not need any force for protecting the people other than Peshmerga forces. If Hashdi Shabi (The Popular Mobilized Force) has intention to retake the controlled areas then Baghdadiya area is the most important territory for them.
Mirani explained the KDP's perspective on the current condition Iraq is going through. He said, "KDP is not happy with how Iraqi people are living now. The people deserve to live well in a democratic country. What is available now is not a complete democratic country."
When asked about the possibility of declaring independence in Kurdistan, Mirani answered, "An independent Kurdistan is the dream of all Kurdish people, although the current situation is not suitable for that. The other entities in Iraq should not be shocked when Kurds talk about independence because all nations want to be independent eventually."
Mirani also said Kurds never wanted Iraqi to be destroyed, but they always want the country to be strong politically, economically and in all other aspects.
Regarding fighting the Islamic State (IS), he said fighting the IS is the re- sponsibility of all Iraqis including all entities.
Mirani also said the weapons that are sent to Iraq by the international forces need to be divided among all the official forces. Peshmerga as an official force need to have their own share in any portions sent to Iraq.