Es­tab­lish­ing two vol­un­tar­ily Pesh­marga bat­tal­ions, will be trained by US

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Gov­ern­ment (KRG) Deputy to Min­is­ter of Pesh­marga has an­nounced that his min­istry is plan­ning to es­tab­lish two vol­un­tar­ily Pesh­marga bat­tal­ions which would be trained by the US forces.

Ac­cord­ing to in­forma- tion gained by The Kur­dish Globe, the min­istry will start es­tab­lish­ing them next week.

An­war ha­jji Oth­man, the deputy, stated that it has been upon a re­quest from the US and it will be re­spon­si­ble to train, arm and or­ga­niz­ing the new bat­tal­ions.

Re­cruit­ing the fighters would re­quire spe­cific qual­i­fi­ca­tions. Ac­cord­ing to Oth­man, those who will serve in the bat­tal­ions should have grad­u­ated from sec­ondary level and aged through 18 to 30.

Deputy Oth­man said that es­tab­lish­ing the bat­tal­ions is ex­pected to be started next week and each Kur­dish prov­ince will have a share in vol­un­tar­ily forces.

Oth­man fur­ther added that the min­istry is ac­cel­er­at­ing the ef­forts to es- tab­lish the bat­tal­ions and they would be reg­u­lated within the 24 united bat­tal­ions of the min­istry.

The Pesh­merga min­istry had long been crit­i­cized by law­mak­ers and Kur­dish lead­ers, but fol­low­ing the re­cent IS at­tacks on the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion, and Pesh­merga troops rush­ing to the fronts to de­fend the ter­ri­tory, the force gar­nered sup­port and ap­pre­ci­a­tion, both lo­cally and in­ter­na­tion­ally.

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