Kurdistan can defend itself against any
attack by Iraq: Peshmarga
April 11, 2012
Jabbar Yawar, spokesman for the Iraqi Kurdistan
Peshmerga security force 2011. Photo: Getty
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ERBIL-Hewlęr, Kurdistan region 'Iraq', —
In the event that Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki
launches an offensive against Kurdistan Region,
Kurdistan could "certainly" defend itself, said a
senior official at Kurdistan Region's Peshmarga
During a meeting with Kurdistan expatriates in the
U.S., Kurdistan President Massoud Barzani said his
office received intelligence that a while ago a
number of top Iraqi military officials had proposed
to Maliki to attack Erbil and advance until
Salahaddin resort, where Barzani resides.
Maliki invited the officials to wait until Iraq
delivers F16 fighters "so that the works get
easier," he added.
However, the Peshmarga (Border Guards) Ministry's
Secretary General, Brig. Jabbar Yawar, believes that
it is "unlikely" Baghdad will attack Erbil but
"whenever it does...Certainly Kurdistan region is
able to defend itself."
He thought "the Iraqi government cannot attack
Kurdistan" when Iraq's president, deputy prime
minister, chief of staff an many other senior
officials and thousands of military officers and
soldiers are Kurds.
He also highlighted other senior positions filled by
Kurds such as the deputy speaker for the Iraqi House
of Representatives, the chief of Iraqi aerial forces
and the chief of Iraqi intelligence.
He added, the magnitude of Kurds in Baghdad could
press the Iraqi government to rely on dialogue and
not force to settle its issues.
Sarwar Barzinji, the military adviser for the Iraqi
President Jalal Talabani, said purchasing the F-16
fighters and renovating the old weaponry of the
Iraqi army dated back to an earlier stage,www.ekurd.net
and not now as relations between Baghdad and Erbil
have become complicated.
He also deemed that the Iraqi army cannot attack
Kurdistan "because according to constitution,
inciting any war, internally or with a foreign
country, is subject to the prior approval from the
House of Representatives.
"That [consent] is now impossible because both we
[Kurds] and many of our friends are there [in the
Now, he added, Kurds not only have "friends" inside
Iraq but on an international level "who will not
allow for the genocide of Kurds anymore."
A number of recent political events in the Iraqi
arena and the suspended issues between Baghdad and
Erbil have paved the way for both Iraqi and
Kurdistan senior officials to exchange fiery
Barzani who concluded a visit to the U.S. yesterday
sought Washington's support for preventing the
"recurrence of another dictator in Iraq", indirectly
referring to Maliki.
By Rebwar Ali
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