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 Massoud Barzani inspects Kurdish Peshmerga forces in Ninewa province

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Massoud Barzani inspects Kurdish Peshmerga forces in Ninewa province  4.9.2012 





 
Kurdistan region president Massoud Barzani (C) inspected on Monday the Kurdish Peshmerga forces in Qahira village, Ninewa province. Photo: KRP.
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September 4, 2012

QAHIRA, Iraq's Ninewa province,— Kurdistan region president Massoud Barzani inspected on Monday the Kurdish Peshmerga forces in Qahira village, Ninewa province, according to presidential statement.

The statement, copy received by Aswat al-Iraq, said that Barzani inspected the Peshmerga forces as well as other unit, of high training capabilities, that belong to the Kurdish Democratic Party, headed by Barzani himself.

Qahira village, Zumar area, west of Mosul, is only 850 meters away from the Iraqi-Syrian borders.

The village, 60 km away from Duhuk province, is inhabited by 85 families, depending on agriculture and cattle breeding.

It is one of the disputed areas, covered by Article 140 of the Iraqi constitution.

Barzani evaluated the role of Peshmerga forces for defending the Kurdish region and it is achievements, as stated.

Zumar area witnessed a political crisis between Baghdad and Erbil when the central government sent some military units, but Peshmerga forces prevented them from nearing the Syrian borders,www.ekurd.net which led to the immigration of the people out fear of future clashes between the two sides.

The citizens returned home after solving the crisis between the two sides in August last.

Mosul, capital city of Ninewa province in Iraq, near the border with Kurdistan region, lies 405 km north of Baghdad. The Yazidis are primarily ethnic Kurds located near Mosul. Some 350,000 Kurdish Yazidis live in villages around Mosul near Kurdistan autonomous region border.

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, so that people can choose whether to be ruled by the central government or the Kurds.

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