Pres­i­dent Barzani: Cre­at­ing forces out­side Pesh­merga Min­istry dis­al­lowed

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The Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Pres­i­dent Mas­soud Barzani has sent a let­ter to the Kur­dis­tan Par­lia­ment as a re­sponse to a PUK bloc com­pli­ant re­gard­ing the ar­rest of Yazidi com­man­der Haider Shasho.

The let­ter ad­dresses the ar­rest of the head of the Shin­gal Pro­tec­tion Units (HPS), say­ing that the Kur­dish gov­ern­ment won’t al­low the for­ma­tion of any mili­tia groups out­side the author­ity of the Min­istry of Pesh­merga.

“The ar­rest of Shasho is not re­lated to po­lit­i­cal is­sues and it’s not re­lated to the KDP. KRG se­cu­rity and sta­bil­ity and the unity of the Kur­dish peo­ple force us to make sure that all forces are un­der the author­ity of the Pesh­merga Min­istry,” said Barzani in the let­ter.

Ear­lier this week, the Shin­gal Pro­tec­tion Units (HPS) me­dia wing claimed that Kur­dish se­cu­rity forces in Khanke, Do­huk Prov­ince, had ar­rested its Supreme Com­man­der Haider Shasho.

Shasho con­firmed to BasNews in Fe­bru­ary that he was re­ceiv­ing fi­nan­cial aid from Bagh­dad gov­ern­ment to cre­ate a mili­tia group known as “Hashd al-Shaabi” in Sin­jar area in Kur­dis­tan.

“The Pa­tri­otic Union of Kur­dis­tan (PUK) lead­er­ship was in­formed about the Shasho ar­rest and we have doc­u­ments that prove that this group re­ceived money to cre­ate the force,” added Barzani.

Barzani re­veals in the let­ter that af­ter Pesh­merga forces broke the siege of Mount Sin­jar, he asked the Pesh­merga Min­istry to re-or­ga­nize all mil­i­tary groups in the area so that they all work un­der the Pesh­merga Min­istry. How­ever, Shasho ig­nored the or­der and ac­cepted money from else­where to form an il­le­gal force, thus, chal­leng­ing the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion estab­lish­ment.

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