Mas­rour Barzani: Mo­sul res­i­dents need to lead lib­er­a­tion of the city

Pesh­merga have won the hearts and minds of res­i­dents in lib­er­ated ar­eas

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

The Chan­cel­lor of the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Se­cu­rity Coun­cil met with the Gover­nor of Mo­sul Atheel Nu­jaifi in Er­bil on Sun­day, April 5th, and dis­cussed the ex­pected op­er­a­tion to lib­er­ate the north­ern Iraqi city of Mo­sul.

Nu­jaifi praised the Pesh­merga for sac­ri­fic­ing their lives in fight­ing Is­lamic State (IS) and lib­er­at­ing a large area, say­ing they have won the hearts and minds of the res­i­dents with their good con­duct.

He also said that the Pesh­merga’s ad­mirable be­hav­ior has de­liv­ered a hope­ful mes­sage to the peo­ple of Mo­sul for the post-IS fu­ture.

Com­ment­ing on the ur­gency of lib­er­at­ing the city, Chan­cel­lor Mas­rour Barzani em­pha­sized that the peo­ple of Mo­sul must play the main part in the op­er­a­tion to lib­er­ate the city.

“We must have a plan for the sit­u­a­tion af­ter free­ing Mo­sul, pri­mar­ily to pro- tect in­no­cent civil­ians.”

Nu­jaifi sug­gested that they must de­velop a strong ad­min­is­tra­tion in Mo­sul by co­or­di­nat­ing with the Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Gov­ern­ment closely.

Af­ter the lib­er­a­tion of Tikrit in Sala­haddin Prov­ince, north of Bagh­dad, by the Iraqi army and Shi­ite mili­tia groups last week, op­er­a­tions are ex­pected to push the in­sur­gents back from Mo­sul as well, which fell to IS mil­i­tants last June.

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