MP asks for guar­an­tee that Mo­sul Kurds will be pro­tected

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

A Kur­dish mem­ber of the Iraqi Coun­cil of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives says that the Iraqi forces have to guar­an­tee that the Kurds in Mo­sul will be pro­tected dur­ing the lib­er­a­tion process of the city, which is cur­rently be­ing planned for.

MP Mohsin Saadoun told a lo­cal Kur­dish news web­site that the cur­rent pop­u­la­tion of the city of Mo­sul is 1.3 mil­lion, com­pris­ing of dif­fer­ent eth­nic­i­ties.

“How­ever, af­ter the in­va­sion of the city by the ISIS (Is­lamic State) the Kur­dish res­i­dents of Mo­sul fled into Kur­dis­tan Re­gion,” says MP Saadoun. “Those Kurds who are still in­side the city are un­der the threat of ISIS. There­fore it is now the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the Iraqi Army and the Hashd al Sha’bi to treat the lib­er­a­tion process in a re­spon­si­ble man­ner.”

Ac­cord­ing to the Kur­dish MP, the Kur­dish Pesh­marga Forces will not di­rectly par­tic­i­pate in the lib­er­a­tion process, but rather will be a backup and sup­port for the front­line forces who will com­pel ISIS out of the city.

“In the same time Kurds want to get a guar­an­tee that the Kur­dish res­i­dents of Mo­sul are not tor­tured, since for Kur­dis­tan Re­gion any as­sault on Kurds for any rea­son is un­ac­cept­able.”

MP Saadoun says the peo­ple of Mo­sul should un­der­stand what Pesh­marga forces have been do­ing were to pro­tect them, so the prin­ci­ples of Pesh­mar­gas shall be­come an ex­am­ple for the lo­cal pro­tec­tion forces of the city.

Saadoun ar­gues that Pesh­marga should stay on the north­ern bor­ders of the city of Mo­sul as they have be­come the re­al­ity of pro­tect­ing the bor­ders.

“Bagh­dad should know this re­al­ity that the ex­is­tence of Pesh­marga forces in Mo­sul is a need and a re­al­ity, and if it was not be­cause Pesh­mar­gas’ ex­is­tence north of Mo­sul, the sit­u­a­tion of the area would have been com­pletely dif­fer­ent now.”

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