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Arming Iraqi military ‎ 1.8.2011 
By Baqi Barzani -

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August 1, 2011

As the US gradually wraps up its ground missions in Iraq, Iraqi military ratchets up its purchase of highly sophisitsticated US-made weapons to bolster its aerial defense capability. Concerned about Iran's burgeoning influence, the US seeks to enable Iraqi army to an extent that it can cope with external menace facing the country.

In the past, various corporations from different countries, including America, Germany, French and Britain, had supplied Iraqi dictator with chemical, biological, and missile technology, resulting in perpetration of war crimes and genocides against the Kurds.

Iraqi military insists on quick delivery of such needs, however, it is imperative that any provision of weapons to Iraq be accompanied with legal obligations and assurances that they will by no means be employed against its own civilians. Experience suggests that a centralized militarily powerful Iraq has always been a threat to its citizens and neighbors.

To balance and prevent any possible misapplication of such weapons by central government, Kurdish Regional Government reserve constitutional right to hold equal access to supplied foreign-made weaponry, especially to the air force branch. Full inventory of every military equipment must be reported to Kurdish government president and Parliament,
www.ekurd.netand a portion of these armaments should also be transferred to the North of the country ( Kurdistan), as well, under the direct supervision of Kurdish defense forces. A coup by a strong armed military against Kurdish or US forces poses a great threat that can not be simply underestimated.

Border and defense issues primarily rest the liability of central government, but nothing can prevent the federal region of Kurdistan to procure defense materials for its protection purpose. Baghdad has not yet demonstrated adequate ability to protect Kurdistan against repeated Iranian and Turkish ground incursions.

Need may rise that Kurdish Government has to act on its own to safeguard its citizens lives.

Baqi Barzani is a Kurdish citizen of Sought Kurdistan [Iraq]. He advocates the notion of " establishing an independent Kurdish state". He contributes to various Kurdish media outlets, especially You may reach the author via email at: [email protected]

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