ERBIL — Kurdistan Region’s Peshmerga Ministry issued a statement on Saturday to respond to the remarks made by Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on final defeat of Islamic State (IS) in the country.
“On Saturday (9th December 2017), Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the conclusion of the war on Daesh [Islamic State] in Iraq, and he praised different Iraqi armed forces namely, but he failed to mention the Peshmerga forces and their courageous role,” reads the statement.
BasNews previously reported that Abadi even named the Iranian-backed militias of Hashd al-Shaabi while overlooking thousands of Peshmerga troops who lost their lives or were injured in the anti-IS efforts.
The ministry says however that the world witnesses the fact that the IS myth was broken at the hand of the Kurdish forces for the first time and long before other Iraqi forces, mentioned in Abadi’s speech, could stand against the terrorist group.
“If was not for the Peshmerga, half of the Iraqi territories could have remained under the control of IS up to the moment,” Peshmerga ministry pointed out.
“Mr. Abadi once again failed to keep his hatred towards the Peshmerga [forces] unknown… What will he say to the children and families of 1,824 martyrs and over 10,000 wounded Peshmerga,” the statement continued, noting that it happens while Abadi sees himself as the prime minister of these victims as well.
“The Peshmerga and their families are valued and respected by the people of Kurdistan and entire world, and they don’t need to be applauded by Abadi and those who follow the same mindset.”
To conclude the statement, the Peshmerga ministry expresses concern for the fact that the Iraqi PM is acting against any effort for setting the ground to resolve the disputes with between Erbil and Baghdad.