Over 200 Kur­dish Fe­males Grad­u­ate from Mil­i­tary Academy

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

On Wed­nes­day, over 200 fe­male of­fi­cers grad­u­ated from Zakho Mil­i­tary Academy. Pres­i­dent Ma­soud Barzani praised the role of Kur­dish women in the fight against ex­trem­ists.

In a cer­e­mony held in Zakho, 201 women grad­u­ated and showed their readi­ness to fight for and de­fend the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion. Many top of­fi­cials at­tended the cer­e­mony, in­clud­ing Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Pres­i­dent Barzani, Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Se­cu­rity Coun­cil (KRSC) Chan­cel­lor Mas­rour Barzani, Pesh­merga com­man­ders, mil­i­tary and for­eign diplo­mats.

Pres­i­dent Barzani con­grat­u­lated the grad­u­ates of the Zakho Mil­i­tary Academy and ex­pressed his con­fi­dence re­gard­ing the abil­ity of the Pesh­merga fe­male fight­ers.

“I am very hope­ful that you will [all] fill a [secu- rity] gap [in the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion] and achieve sig­nif­i­cant vic­to­ries hand in hand with your brothers [Pesh­merga cur­rently fight­ing Is­lamic State (IS)],” Barzani said.

He praised the his­tor­i­cal he­roes of Zakho and men­tioned the city as “the nest of rev­o­lu­tions and rev­o­lu­tion­ary peo­ple.” Barzani con­tin­ued, “I think we made a very sound de­ci­sion when we es­tab­lished the Mil­i­tary Academy in Zakho in 1996.”

Fur­ther­more, he added that when Kur­dis­tan is un­der the threat of at­tacks by IS, all the peo­ple of Kur­dis­tan, in­clud­ing old and young, boys and girls are ready to de­fend the home­land.

“In the fight against IS, our sons and daugh­ters [Pesh­merga] proved to the world that they are he­roes,” Barzani stated, adding that Kur­dish men and women demon­strated that Kur­dis­tan is a red line for en­e­mies and can­not be crossed.

“We showed the world that Pesh­merga are ready to sac­ri­fice their lives to pro­tect Kur­dis­tan. And, that there is no dif­fer­ence be­tween male and fe­male Pesh­merga [in com­bat­ing IS],” Barzani an­nounced.

Ad­di­tion­ally, he noted that it is an honor for Kurds that Pesh­merga has be­come the sym­bol of re­sis­tance in de­stroy­ing the myth of IS.

“I am con­fi­dent that you will all be suc­cess­ful,” Barzani turned to the grad­u­ates and noted that they have been en­trusted to pro­tect and serve Kur­dis­tan from en­e­mies.

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