Iraqi MP accuses Kurdish Peshmerga of theft


Peshmerga forces of Iraqi Kurdistan. File photo

ARA News

Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan – Hanan al-Fatlawi, member of the State of Law Coalition in Iraq (an Iraqi political coalition formed for the Iraqi governorate elections, 2009 by Prime Minister of Iraq, Nouri al-Maliki and his Islamic Dawa Party) accused the Kurdish Peshmerga forces of “stealing weapons and equipments” belonging to the Iraqi army (which fled after the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant “ISIL” took over Nineveh province last week).

Al-Fatlawi accused the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) of being part of the “conspiracy” led to the ISIL control over Mosul, the main city in Nineveh province.

On the other hand, the MP in the Parliament of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, Mustafa Amin, strongly criticized al-Fatlawi’s statements in response to the recent events in the province of Nineveh.

“At a time when the country’s existence, security and the stability of its citizens are under serious threats, good and wise people in addition to the Prime Minister (Nouri al-Maliki) called on people and political forces to avoid sectarian and inflammatory discourse, we find some naives in politics such sectarian statements,” Amin stated in a press conference in Erbil, capital of Iraqi Kurdistan.

“Those who continue spreading their poison of sectarianism as Hanan al-Fatlawi cannot stop the Kurds and the heroic defence of Peshmerga forces,” Amin said. “Many citizens saw the quick collapse of the Iraqi army in Mosul.”

Talking to ARA News, Ali Hamid, professor of Political Sciences at the University of Zakho, said: “Al-Fatlawi has always attacked the Kurdish people, so we’re not surprised with her recent accusations to the Peshmerga forces.”

“The accusations concerning weapons are silly, because the Peshmerga did not go to Baghdad and control weapons of the army there! On the contrary, they (Peshmerga) rescued weapons and prevented it from falling in the hands of (ISIL) terrorists,” Prof. Hamid said.

Hamid pointed out that the Peshmerga forces were in their usual locations when the Iraqi soldiers handed them over some of the weapons. “However, the Kurds have 17% of the Iraq State budget, but they are deprived of that right because of the unjust policy of Baghdad dictator (in reference to al-Maliki).”

“So, the weapon is a normal share of the Kurds, but less than their usual share of the budget,” he argued.

“The gunmen (of ISIL) killed al-Fatlawi’s brother, the military official of Samarra, a few days ago. However she does not bear any grudge, but she directs her critique to the Kurds instead. This is a clear evidence that the (Iraqi) state officials are mired in hostility towards the Kurdish people,” Hamid told ARA News.

Noteworthy, the Kurdish Peshmerga forces had taken control over the areas outside its administration as the city of Kirkuk, which falls within the disputed territories, following the withdrawal of the Iraqi army and security forces, in order to avoid ISIL attacks.


Reporting by: Azad Jamkari

Source: ARA News

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