Fuad Hus­sein: Ar­ti­cle 140 re­mains a stick­ing point

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The Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Gov­ern­ment is at­tempt­ing to solve eco­nomic and po­lit­i­cal is­sues while con­tin­u­ing to re­pel at­tacks by the Is­lamic State and man­age the cri­sis that be­gan last year.

Chief of Staff to the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Pres­i­dency Fuad Hus­sein told Lon­don-based PanArab News­pa­per, Asharq Al- Awsat, “The KRG has been suc­cess­ful in man­ag­ing the eco­nomic and se­cu­rity crises since the be­gin­ning of the last year. The Iraqi Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment has sent part of Kur­dis­tan’s share of the bud­get as re­la­tions be­tween Er­bil and Bagh­dad im­prove and we are co­or­di­nat­ing in the fight against IS."

Some is­sues be­tween Er­bil and Bagh­dad re­main how­ever, “Is­sues re­gard­ing Pesh­merga forces have been solved in the bud­get bill, but cases, like ar­ti­cle 140, re­main stick­ing points as they are re­lated to the Iraqi con­sti­tu­tion”.

“When IS took con­trol of Mo­sul, it up­graded from a ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tion to a ter­ror­ist ‘state'; our cur­rent strat­egy is to de­grade this ‘state’ and de­feat them,” added Hus­sein.

“IS has lost most of its ex­pe­ri­enced mil­i­tants, it is fac­ing fi­nan­cial is­sues and they treat their in­jured mil­i­tants in houses. In­creas­ing ca­su­al­ties among IS from fight­ing the Pesh­merga and other groups is the rea­son that Mo­sul hos­pi­tals can­not cope."

“The KRG’s strat­egy is to re­sist IS at any stage and to co­op­er­ate with those who fight IS mil­i­tants.”

Hus­sein con­tin­ued, “Coali­tion air strikes and the pro­vi­sion of heavy weapons by the in­ter­na­tional coali­tion have been very ef­fec­tive, but we have lost over 1,150 Pesh­merga and more than 5,000 have been in­jured."

“If we had re­ceived heavy weapons ear­lier, fa­tal­i­ties would be fewer. Now we need more heavy weapons to re­take the oc­cu­pied ar­eas.”

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