ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani stated that the Peshmerga forces will not withdraw from the areas they had liberated before the start of Mosul operation on October 17 and they will not negotiate on that.
Barzani said in an interview with the BBC's Persian language news channel that the Peshmerga forces successfully achieved the objectives of the plan of Mosul operation. "Although, it was not an easy task as expected, we are optimistic about the results," he said.
Peshmerga managed to liberate the entire areas it was assigned to by the plan and destroy the extremist organization's defense line.
Peshmerga forces are prepared to face all the IS threats and post-IS threats as well, he said.
Regarding Peshmerg's withdrawal from the areas it has recaptured from IS, Barzani affirmed that the Peshmerga forces will not withdraw from the pre-Mosul operation liberated areas and will not negotiate on that with the Iraqi central government.
Negotiations over Peshmerga's withdrawal include only the areas liberated after the start of Mosul operation on October 17 which are a number of Christian, Turkmen and Arab areas, Barzani said.
Barzani asserted that Peshmerga will not retreat from Kirkuk and other areas it had retaken before October 17, noting that they have agreed on this with Baghdad.
Regarding the reports of human rights organizations on violations by the Peshmerga forces, Barzani said the reports were unfair and there was not truth to them, arguing that Kurdistan Region has embraced more than 1.5 million Arab people displaced as a result of the sectarian conflicts.
Kurdistan Region won't tolerate those who supported IS and assaulted the Kurdish Yezidi girls and women, stressing that they won't be allowed to return to their areas.
Regarding the Turkish troops stationed in north of Mosul, Barzani stated that those troops were deployed in coordination with the Iraqi government to train Nineveh police forces and volunteers.
The full interview is scheduled to be broadcast on BBC Persian channel on Tuesday, November 29.