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 Kurdistan's Peshmarga, Iraqi Defense Ministries sign agreement

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Kurdistan's Peshmarga, Iraqi Defense Ministries sign agreement  6.8.2012 





 
Jabar Yawar The general secretary of the Ministry of Peshmarga [Kurdistan's National Forces] in the Kurdistan Region. See Related Links
August 6, 2012

ERBIL-Hewlęr, Kurdistan region 'Iraq', — The general secretary of the Ministry of Peshmarga [Kurdistan National Forces] in the Kurdistan Region announced that the Ministry of Peshmarga and Iraq's Defense Ministry signed a seven-point agreement to solve the current crisis of moving troops to border areas.

Jabar Yawar in a press conference in Erbil said: "Lieutenant General Sherwan and I attended a meeting along with the commander of armed forces of the Ministry of Defense and the commander of the Iraqi Police in Baghdad on Saturday."

After three hours of dialogue about moving Iraqi troops to border areas such as Zumar and Khapour we reached an agreement, added Yawar.

The Iraqi government moved an army force consisting of two brigades of 37 and 38 to Zumar and Khapour areas on July 27 using protection of the area as the reason. Peshmarga forces halted the army from moving forward.

Yawar stressed: "The agreement is that Iraqi and Peshmarga forces that are in the area must turn their face against each other to the Syrian borders to protect Iraqi soil.

"All the extra troops that came to the area because of this crisis will return to their place and after ending the Syrian uprising all the forces should go back to their place."

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Kurdish Yazidis look to Kurdistan region, the Kurdish Yazidis are concentrated in key areas for the referendum, including lands coveted by the Kurds north of Mosul and around Sinjar on the Syrian border. The Kurds see the referendum as a chance to right Saddam Hussein's historic wrongs of forced population transfer and Arabization. The Arabs see it as a Kurdish land grab.

Article 140 of the Iraqi constitution states that there will be a referendum in the areas bordering the Kurdistan autonomous region, including the northern oil city of Kirkuk,www.ekurd.net so that people can choose whether to be ruled by the central government or the Kurds.

The Yazidis are a dominant group in the northwest region, a historically oppressed people who speak Kurdish and are ethnically Kurd but follow their own religion. In fact, they are reputed to be devil worshippers, not just by Iraqi Muslims but they’ve been characterized that way by Western scholars over the years.

By Fryad Mohammed-Aknews  and Ekurd.net

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