Fuad Hussein: Article 140 remains a sticking point
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.”