ERBIL — The General Command of the Peshmerga Forces of Kurdistan Region stated on Friday that the Peshmerga forces are ready to defend the people and land of Kurdistan against all threats.
“The Peshmerga Forces must be in the highest state of readiness to defend people and land of Kurdistan and retaliate against all threats or attacks,” reads the Peshmerga Command’s statement.
Last night, the Arab Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi and number of Iraqi forces were deployed to attack the Peshmerga-held areas, particularly around Kirkuk, the statement said.
“The deployment follows foreign meddling and provocation, and threatening statements by the Iraqi military and political figures attacking people of Kurdistan,” the statement continued.
The Peshmerga Command warned that if the situation is left unaddressed by the international community, it will lead to a “grave disaster.”
“We're against violence and bloodshed,” the statement said, calling on Baghdad to take peaceful means to resolve the differences and avoid using force to impose its will.
Peshmerga further noted that “Threats, attacks and provocations are unacceptable and will not address the differences,” reiterating that “Peshmerga will strongly defend the people of Kurdistan” and Baghdad should stop the language of war and attempts to impose its will on people of Kurdistan.