Pesh­merge Cru­cial in the Mid­dle East

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - By Gazi Has­san

A Pesh­merge del­e­gate to Brus­sels re­cently held meet­ings with NATO, the EU, and some other Euro­pean of­fi­cials. NATO pre­pared a new de­ci­sion re­gard­ing pro­vid­ing sup­port, train­ing, and heavy weaponry di­rectly to the Pesh­merge. The Pesh­merge have arisen as a ma­jor force in the Mid­dle East.

In his meet­ing with Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Pres­i­dent Mr. Ma­soud Barzani last week, Gen. Lloyd Austin, com­man­der of US Cen­tral Com­mand, ex­pressed that the US is grate­ful for the sac­ri­fices the Pesh­merge have made in the fight against ter­ror­ism. Specif­i­cally re­fer­ring to the hostage res­cue op­er­a­tion in Haw­ija, he pointed out that the col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween US and Pesh­merge spe­cial forces is an in­di­ca­tor of the high level of trust be­tween both forces.

The Ger­man Min­is­ter of De­fense Mrs. Ur­sula von der Leyen also com­mented on her na­tion’s in­crease of trust be­cause of the Pesh­merge. She said: “Work­ing with Pesh­merge has en­hanced the mu­tual trust and friend­ship [be­tween] Ger­many and Kur­dis­tan Re­gion. We are to be more de­ter­mined on co­or­di­na­tion and com­mon work”.

In ad­di­tion, US me­dia out­lets have also high­lighted the joint co­or­di­na­tion be­tween the Pesh­merge and US forces. The Haw­ija op­er­a­tion is now men­tioned as a shin­ing ex­am­ple and proud step for­ward for the mil­i­tary co­or­di­na­tion be­tween Pesh­merge and US forces.

Con­trary to the well equipped Iraqi army, the Pesh­merga are fight­ing ter­ror hand in hand with trust and con­fi­dence—lib­er­at­ing ter­ri­to­ries of Kur­dis­tan in Ar­ti­cle 140 ar­eas and save hostages in joint mil­i­tary op­er­a­tion like last weeks. Mean­while the Pesh­merge’s bud­get hasn’t been pro­vided by Baghdad for many years, while they re­main a le­gal part of the Iraqi de­fense sys­tem. On the other side of the coin, the Iraqi army, who far too of­ten re­flect sec­tar­ian re­al­i­ties in Baghdad have handed thou­sands of weapons, tanks and am­mu­ni­tion, along with thou­sands kilo­me­ters of ter­ri­to­ries to ISIS ter­ror­ists in Ninevah, Sala­hadin and An­bar prov­inces. Yet the Iraqi gov­ern­ment con­tin­ues to pro­vide salaries to the Shi­ite Hashd Al-Shaabi, which will be a cat­a­strophic force for Iraq in fu­ture and for now.

Some key fac­tors con­tribut­ing to Pesh­merge bat­tle­field suc­cesses:

- Pres­i­dent Bar­gain moved his of­fice to the front lines in Shin­gal. Other key lead­ers are also car­ry­ing out their tasks from the front lines.

- Solid co­or­di­na­tion, un­der­stand­ing and unity be­tween Pres­i­dent Barzani as the Com­man­der of Armed Forces, the lead­ers of Pesh­merge, and mem­bers of Pesh­merge.

- The Pesh­merge have a stal­wart cause for which it fights. They de­fend the fu­ture of the peo­ple in Kur­dis­tan— its co­ex­is­tence and free­dom. They stand against eth­nic, reli­gious and sec­tar­ian dis­crim­i­na­tion, rep­re­sent­ing reli­gious and eth­nic co­ex­is­tence, sta­bil­ity and se­cu­rity wher­ever they go.

- The Pesh­merge have a cen­tury-long his­tory of strug­gle against op­pres­sive forces in Iraq and has abun­dant ex­pe­ri­ence in moun­tain and ur­ban war­fare.

The Pesh­merge are a cru­cial force that de­serves to be sup­ported even moreso by the US and Europe. The Pesh­merga, who pro­tect mil­lions of war-dis­placed peo­ple, are ready to turn into a uni­fied, mod­ern army that main­tains free­dom and co­ex­is­tence in Kur­dis­tan, which (even­tu­ally) helps main­tain the se­cu­rity and sta­bil­ity of Europe and US as well.

Ger­many con­tin­ues as­sis­tance to Kur­dis­tan Re­gion

Prime Min­is­ter Nechir­van Barzani last week re­ceived Ger­many’s De­fense, Min­is­ter Ur­sula Gertrud von der Leyen, and her ac­com­pa­ny­ing mil­i­tary and po­lit­i­cal del­e­ga­tion.

In the meet­ing, at­tended also by Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Qubad Tal­a­bani, Ms Leyen said the Pesh­merga forces’ ca­pa­bil­ity has im­proved since her last visit. She said the progress and dis­ci­pline Pesh­merga forces have demon­strated in the train­ing cour­ses are sat­is­fac­tory and have been ef­fec­tively ap­plied to de­feat the myth of ISIS.

Ms Leyen ex­pressed the readi­ness of Ger­many to ex­tend its as­sis­tance to the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion in other fields, par­tic­u­larly with as­sis­tance to the refugees and in­ter­nally dis­placed peo­ple, who have fled ter­ror­ism and sought refuge in the Re­gion.

She said the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion’s in­ter­nal is­sues are best re­solved through di­a­logue and ne­go­ti­a­tions, but the pri­or­ity now re­mains erad­i­cat­ing the ter­ror­ist threat.

Prime Min­is­ter Barzani wel­comed Ms Leyen’s visit, not­ing that Ger­many has been as­sist­ing Kur­dis­tan Re­gion since the very be­gin­ning of the ISIS threat. He high­lighted the train­ing of Pesh­merga forces and praised the level of co­op­er­a­tion with Ger­many’s mil­i­tary forces.

Re­gard­ing the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion’s in­ter­nal is­sues, Prime Min­is­ter Barzani em­pha­sized they had no ef­fect on the morale of the Pesh­merga forces on the front­line.

He said that Kur­dis­tan Re­gion wel­comes all hu­man­i­tar­ian as­sis­tance as it pro­vides se­cu­rity and other ba­sic as­sis­tance to an ex­tra­or­di­nary num­ber of refuge seek­ers while fac­ing se­vere financial con­straints.

The sit­u­a­tion in neigh­bor­ing coun­tries and re­cent de­vel­op­ments in the Mid­dle East were also dis­cussed.

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