Barzani: Pesh­merga united in de­fend­ing Kur­dis­tan

Pres­i­dent Ma­soud Barzani vis­its Pesh­merga trenches dur­ing the Eid hol­i­day in sev­eral ar­eas

The Kurdish Globe - - News -

Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Pres­i­dent Ma­soud Barzani vis­ited Pesh­merga forces at the front­line north of Kirkuk on the Eid ul-Fitr feast on Fri­day, warn­ing sol­diers and com­man­ders about loom­ing threats by the Is­lamic State (IS) group.

The Pres­i­dent praised the Pesh­merga for con­fronting the IS ter­ror­ist group in a meet­ing with top com­man­ders and other se­cu­rity of­fi­cials in Kirkuk. He then left to visit the Pesh­merga trenches on the Mekhmour front.

Barzani warned all se­cu­rity forces in the area about loom­ing IS threats stress­ing that the fron­tiers of Kirkuk city should be pro­tected vig­i­lantly against pos­si­ble IS at­tacks.

Barzani also called on the Pesh­merga -- as a na­tional force -- to stay away from po­lit­i­cal and fac­tional dis­putes in the area.

He said that de­spite dif­fer­ences among dif­fer­ent Kur­dish fac­tions, they were all united in de­fend­ing Kur­dis­tan.

Barzani ex­pressed sur­prise about "some talk about the need for two ad­min­is­tra­tions in Kur­dis­tan at this stage," adding that "those who are un­happy with Kur­dish are free to choose another place to live."

Barzani called to pro­vide as­sur­ances to the peo­ple of Mo­sul about their par­tic­i­pa­tion in the city ad­min­is­tra­tion prior to the com­mence­ment of oper­a­tions to re­take the city from the Is­lamic State ter­ror­ists.

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