イラクのクルドリーダー米国の裏切りを糾弾: ずくなしの冷や水

2017年11月01日

イラクのクルドリーダー米国の裏切りを糾弾

RT2017/10/30
‘Why would Washington punish us?’ Resigning Iraqi Kurdistan leader accuses US of betrayal

The US has failed to back the Kurds, who were their close allies in the fight against ISIS terrorists, and has allowed Baghdad to use American weapons in its attack on Kurdistan, Masoud Barzani, the Iraqi Kurdish President, has said after resigning his post.

“Nobody stood up with us other than our mountains,” Barzani said in a televised address Sunday after the Kurdish parliament endorsed his resignation request.

He was referring to Baghdad’s military operation launched on October 16 following the Kurdish referendum. The vast majority had supported the region’s independence from Iraq in the September plebiscite.

The departing Kurdish leader denounced the US for abandoning the Kurds and allowing American Abrams tanks, which were supplied to Iraqi forces to fight Islamic State, to be deployed against them. “Without the help of Peshmerga(Kurdish fighters), Iraqi forces could not have liberated Mosul from ISIS (Islamic State, IS) alone,” he pointed out as cited by Reuters.

“Our people should now question, whether the US was aware of Iraq's attack and why they did not prevent it,” Barzani said.“Why would Washington want to punish Kurdistan?” he reflected in disbelief.

He then accused his Kurdish rivals of “high treason” for handing over the strategic oil-rich city of Kirkuk and surrounding areas to Iraqi forces without a fight. “We tried to stop bloodshed but the Iraqi forces and Popular Mobilization Front (Shia militias) kept advancing, using US weapons,” he said.

The veteran politician said further that Baghdad’s unwillingness to engage in dialogue showed that “Iraq no longer believes in Kurdish rights.” As for the September 25 referendum he had masterminded, Barzani said “three million votes for Kurdistan independence created history and cannot be erased.”

“I am the same Masoud Barzani, I am a Peshmerga (Kurdish fighter) and will continue to help my people in their struggle for independence,” he declared.

Earlier, the 71-year-old leader, who has lead the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) since its inception in 2005, sent a letter to parliament asking for his presidency not to be extended after November 1.

The MPs voted on the request in Erbil Sunday, with 70 voices supporting Barzani’s resignation and 23 voting against the move, Rudaw and Kurdistan 24 channels reported.

Tensions were running high in the Kurdish capital as demonstrators, some of whom were armed, stormed the parliament building during the session. Reuters reported that the protesters said they wanted to “punish” the deputies, who, according to them, had “insulted” Barzani. Gunshots were also heard outside parliament, with reports emerging of the crowd also attacking journalists.

Prior to the independence referendum, the Kurds fought alongside Iraqi forces in their US-backed campaign against Islamic State terrorists. Washington regarded the Kurds as a major ally, supplying the Peshmerga with arms despite strong objections from its NATO ally, Turkey.

On Sunday, Iraqi forces and the Peshmerga launched a second round of talks aimed at resolving the conflict. Iraqi prime minister, Haider al-Abadi, earlier demanded the Kurds cancel the results of the independence vote; and hand control of border crossings between the Kurdish region and Iran, Syria and Turkey, through which oil flows, to Baghdad.

FARSNEWS2017/11/1
Abadi: Iraqi Forces Recapture All Disputed Areas from Kurdish Militias
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced that government forces had secured all parts of Iraq “disputed areas” between Baghdad and the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG).

At a press conference held in the capital, al-Abadi also accused certain KRG-linked media outlets, which he did not identify by name, of “openly inciting violence against federal forces”, Al Waght reported.

"Such incitement by Kurdish channels is unacceptable,” the prime minister asserted.

Recent weeks have seen Iraqi government forces move into several parts of the country “disputed” between Baghdad and the Erbil-based KRG, including the oil-rich Kirkuk province.

The deployments led to limited clashes between Iraqi troops and Kurdish Peshmerga forces, with a handful of casualties reported on both sides.

The developments followed weeks of simmering tensions between Baghdad and the Kurdistan Regional Government over the referendum, held on September 25 in open defiance of the central government in Baghdad.

Following the vote, Baghdad imposed a ban on direct international flights to the Kurdish region and called for a halt to its independent crude oil sales.

Two weeks ago, Iraq’s judiciary also issued arrest warrants for three senior Kurdish officials, who were allegedly behind the contentious plebiscite, which also faced strong opposition from regional countries, including Iran and Turkey. Iraq's Supreme Court has already ruled the referendum unconstitutional.

Despite all pressures, Kurdish leaders refused to renounce the breakaway vote making Iraqi prime minister to order troops deployment to disputed areas that were occupied by Kurdish groups after ISIL incursion into Iraq in 2014. Following the order, Iraqi army backed by Popular Mobilization Forces launched a multi-fronted operation on the Kurdish-held areas in Kirkuk, Saladin, Nineveh, and Diyala provinces and recaptured all disputed areas from Kurdish Peshmerga forces.

FARSNEWS2017/10/31
TEHRAN (FNA)- Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri revealed that a team of US advisors had coaxed the officials of the Iraqi Kurdistan region into holding an independence referendum.

"The US incited the Kurdistan region officials to hold a referendum and advised them on how to hold it within the framework of a secret consultation team," General Baqeri said, addressing a forum in the Northwestern city of Orumiyeh on Tuesday.

Noting that the referendum in the Iraqi Kurdistan region was one of the US and Israeli plots to foment insecurity at the Iranian borders, he said, "West Azarbaijan and Kurdistan are among the most important provinces of Iran. Therefore the enemies have invested a lot to disturb security in this region and even display these provinces as insecure because insecurity in this region will affect security in the entire country."

The referendum in the Iraqi Kurdistan region was held on September 25 in defiance of the central government in Baghdad, which says the referendum is unconstitutional and called on the Kurdish leadership to drop the plan.

Iran, Iraq, and Turkey have jointly voiced concerns about the Kurdish independence vote, warning that it could fan the flames of tensions in the Middle East.

The UN Security Council also unanimously issued a statement voicing alarm over “the potentially destabilizing impact” of the plebiscite. The 15-member council urged “dialogue and compromise” to address the differences between Baghdad and the Kurdish authorities.

In relevant remarks last month, Secretary of Iran's Expediency Council (EC) Mohsen Rezayee blasted the referendum in Iraq's Kurdistan region, and said that Tel Aviv will gain a lot from the instability and chaotic situation in the region.

"This is in the interest of Israel and those who want to expand insecurity in the region," Rezayee told reporters.

The EC secretary underlined that Kurdistan needs security, development and progress; any kind of conflict would make them to lag behind peace and progress.

Rezayee reiterated that the region will face insecurity which would lead to Israel's ill-treatment.

Asked about Iran's approach to the referendum on Iraqi Kurdistan, he said, "We must preserve the territorial integrity of the countries and prevent the change of geographical boundaries."
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