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 Iraqi army will attack Kurdistan region within a year, warns Kurdish MP

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Iraqi army will attack Kurdistan region within a year, warns Kurdish MP  9.7.2012  
By Ekurd.net staff writers








Latif Mustafa, a Gorran List Kurdish MP from the Iraqi parliament. Photo: Agencies. See Related Links
July 9, 2012

ERBIL-Hewlêr, Kurdistan region 'Iraq', — A Gorran List Kurdish MP from the Iraqi parliament has revealed that the Iraqi government will attack the Kurdistan Region in less than a year, but did not add further details.

Latif Mustafa told local Kurdish newspaper Rudaw: "Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is now trying to build up and strengthen the army to make its regime stronger. I believe this government will attack Kurds."

Mustafa warned: "I have some details about the Iraqi attack against the Kurdistan Region but I can't reveal it."

The MP added: "This is as result of some stories and things I heard and saw in Baghdad. I don’t know when Iraq will attack the region but probably it will not be more than a year."

From late March after increased tensions between the Iraqi and the Kurdish governments, Kurdistan Region President Massoud Barzani told Alhurra TV that Baghdad is considering the use of F-16 fighter planes against the Kurds. Barzani told Alhurra that he has confronted the Iraqi PM many times and been told by Maliki that he will act, but he hasn’t, and suggested there is talk of a “military solution” to confront the Kurds in Baghdad. Barzani said that in an official meeting with Iraqi military commanders,www.ekurd.net it was stated that they should wait for F-16s to arrive to help push back the Kurds.

On April 10, 2012, the leader of the Brave Sons of Iraq, Sheikh Abbas al-Muhammadawi, a spokesperson for the military wing of the group, the 9th Division of Badr, has warned Kurds in Baghdad and other Arab-majority areas to leave or be killed. The Brave Sons of Iraq, a Shiite group, gave one-week for Kurds to leave Arab cities after which they threatened to carry weapons against the them.

On April 11, 2012, 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 Ministry. 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."

On April 23, 2012, Massoud Barzani, said he opposes the sale of F-16 warplanes to Iraq while Nuri al-Maliki is premier, as he fears they would be used against the region. The United States has agreed to sell 36 F-16 jets to Baghdad in a multi-billion-dollar deal aimed at increasing the capabilities of Iraq's fledgling air force, a weak point in its national defences. "The F-16 must not reach the hand of this man," Barzani told reporters at his residence near the Kurdistan region's capital Erbil
 on Sunday, referring to Maliki.

On April 30, 2012, in an interview with Rudaw, former U.S. diplomat and advisor to the Kurdistan Regional Government KRG Peter Galbraith says Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki is not following the constitution or respecting the rights of Kurdistan. Galbraith says the time is ripe for Kurdish independence thanks to the thriving oil industry, international investment and the fact that Kurds are America’s only reliable ally in the volatile region.

On April 30, 2012, a senior official told Reuters that Iraq will receive the first 24 of 36 F-16 fighter jets it has ordered from the United States at the beginning of 2014.

On May 5, 2012, Massoud Barzani said he did not fear the federal government taking delivery of F-16 warplanes bought from the United States, after last month saying he opposed the sale of the aircraft while Maliki was premier. "We did not feel afraid of the MiG and Mirage aircraft, and we will not feel afraid of the F-16 aircraft," Barzani said in a speech in the Kurdish regional capital Erbil.

On May 7, 2012, Iraqi PM Maliki said that his government does not intend to target the Kurdistan Region, adding that he is against war. Maliki said in an interview with the semi-official Iraqiya TV published on his website: "The federal government doesn't intent to target the Kurdistan Region.

On May 7, Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki visits Kirkuk city, insisted that Kirkuk had an Iraqi identity during a cabinet meet boycotted by Kurdish ministers whose autonomous region lays claim to the disputed city.

On May 17, 2012 Iraqi Kurdish officials are threatening to disclose secret documents as part of an ongoing dispute with Iraq's Central Government.
“We have no other choice but to disclose documents revealing the secrets of [Prime Minister] Nuri Maliki and his office,” a government spokesperson said, adding that the documents will discredit many of the policies actively pursued by the Iraqi Prime Minister.

On May 27, 2012, Kurdistan Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani said the US promises not to stay silent if Baghdad uses forces against the Kurdistan Region.

On May 28, 2012, Kurdistan Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani warned of Baghdad's continued desire for "ethnic cleansing," the latest in a series of attacks by Kurdish leaders on premier Nuri al-Maliki's leadership. The remarks from Nechirvan Barzani come amid increasingly fractured ties between the Baghdad central government and the Kurdish region. "Today, there are those in the Iraqi political field who want, with all the power, to keep the policy of Arabisation and ethnic cleansing," Barzani said.

On June 19, 2012 Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki believes a contract between U.S. oil giant ExxonMobil and Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan region is dangerous and could lead to "wars," his spokesman told AFP.

On July 7, 2012 Kurdish airport directors say Iraq’s government could close airspace without warning, meaning planes could not land. The Iraqi government’s tight control of Kurdish airspace is a growing concern for Kurdistan’s airports as political relations between Baghdad and Erbil continue to sour.

Sources: aknews.com | ekurd.net | rudaw.net | presstv.com | AP | Reuters | AFP | Agencies

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