Barzani hails Pesh­merga for de­fend­ing their land

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Kur­dis­tan re­gion Pres­i­dent Ma­soud Barzani said that the ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tion Is­lamic State (ISIS) had planned at­tack­ing Pesh­merga de­fense bases for over a month and specif­i­cally in­tended on launch­ing an as­sault on Kur­dish Flag Day.

“The ter­ror­ists' at­tack is counted as their big­gest and they had planned it for a month, but the brave Pesh­merga de­feated ISIS on all fronts,” Barzani said in a state­ment on Satur­day.

Barzani said it was the ex­trem­ist group's plan to bring down the flag of Kur­dis­tan "from the lion's den," af­ter IS launched their big­gest of­fen­sives against the Pesh­merga in re­cent months on Wed­nes­day, which led to two days of fierce fight­ing from Makhmour to Mo­sul, and re­sulted in more than 80 mil­i­tants killed.

While prais­ing the Pesh­merga for their coura­geous and brave de­fense of the peo­ple and their land, Barzani also sent his con­do­lences to the fam­i­lies of those killed in last week's clashes, where sev­eral Kur­dish sol­diers and two of­fi­cers lost their lives to a se­quence of ISIS sui­cide bombers.

Barzani added, “I am sad­dened by the mar­tyr­dom of a group of brave Pesh­merga and it was a big loss to us all.”

Barzani vis­its front lines

Pres­i­dent Barzani vis­its Pesh­merga forces on front lines of Khazr, Bashik, and Nawaran on De­cem­ber 19.

Barzani con­grat­u­lated the Kur­dish forces for the great vic­to­ries they achieved in the fight against ISIS in the last days. He also paid his trib­ute to the fam­i­lies of those who mar­tyred in fight­ing and hoped re­cov­ery for the in­jured fight­ers.

Barzani also met with com­man­ders and lis­tened to their sug­ges­tions. He also ex­pressed his advises to the com­man­ders as well.

Barzani dis­cusses Mo­sul Op­er­a­tion with Iraqi Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ad­vi­sor

Barzani met with Iraqi Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ad­vi­sor Falih Fayyaz last Tues­day De­cem­ber 15th, to dis­cuss the lat­est de­vel­op­ment in the fight against Is­lamic State (IS) in north­ern Iraq and the Mo­sul op­er­a­tion.

Fayyaz ac­knowl­edged the role of Barzani and Pesh­merga forces in push­ing back IS mil­i­tants in north­ern Iraq and the re­cent vic­tory vic­to­ries against IS, es­pe­cially in Yazidi-ma­jor­ity town of Sin­jar.

The pair dis­cussed diplo­matic re­la­tions be­tween Iraq and neigh­bor­ing coun­tries, em­pha­siz­ing that Bagh­dad should solve dis­putes with neigh­bors through peace­ful talks.

The Tur­key's re­cent de­ploy­ment of troops in north­ern Iraq and an an­tic­i­pated op­er­a­tion to lib­er­ate Mo­sul also in­cluded in the dis­cus­sions.

They stressed that lo­cal forces should take part in ad­min­is­trat­ing their ar­eas once they are freed from IS.

Barzani and Fayyaz also dis­cussed the re­la­tions be­tween Er­bil and Bagh­dad, in­sist­ing the ne­go­ti­a­tions to con­tinue to ad­dress the dis­putes

Barzani con­grat­u­lates Yazidi Fast­ing Feast

On the oc­ca­sion of Yazidi Fast­ing Feast, pres­i­dent Barzani con­grat­u­lated the Yazidis and he in­di­cated d that the lib­er­a­tion of Sin­jar is the best gift for the Yazidis in the feast.

Barzani en­cour­aged the Yazidis main­tain their cul­ture of co-ex­is­tence and work to deepen more n the Sin­jar area and all of Kur­dis­tan.

"Sin­jar was his­tor­i­cally a model for na­tional co­ex­is­tence and com­mon re­li­gious among all the com­po­nents. We will not al­low any­one to dam­age the peace of cit­i­zens in Sin­jar or to try to sab­o­tage the cul­ture of co-ex­is­tence," Barzani said

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