Barzani hails Peshmerga for defending their land
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