PM Barzani Visits Makhmour Frontline after Deadly IS Attack, Calls for Additional Coalition Assistance
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PM Barzani Visits Makhmour Frontline after Deadly IS Attack, Calls for Additional Coalition Assistance

ERBIL — Kurdistan Region Prime Minster Masrour Barzani on Friday visited the Peshmerga frontline in Makhmour where the Kurdish forces had come under a deadly attack by the Islamic State (IS) last night. 

While conveying condolences to the families of 13 Peshmerga soldiers and civilians who lost their lives during last night’s attacks, PM Barzani warned about the increasing terrorist attacks and promised that the Kurdish forces will remain strong to defend Kurdistan. 

“This attack proves that the terrorists continue to exploit the security gap between the Peshmerga and Iraqi Army frontlines… I reiterate that the process to fill the security gaps should be stepped up,” PM Barzani told reporters at the Makhmour frontline. 

He also emphasized that the military needs of the Peshmerga to fortify its positions in the disputed territories are not met by the federal government of Iraq and the US-led Global Coalition. 

“I call on the Iraqi Prime Minister to provide what the Peshmerga forces need to protect their areas,” he added. 

The prime minister has also tasked the Ministry of Peshmerga Affairs to take immediate action to fortify its positions in the disputed territories and reinforce the frontlines. “We will not wait any longer; we will do whatever within our capacity to defend our land and our people,” he stressed. 

In a statement published earlier today, PM Barzani warned again that IS remains a serious threat to residents of the disputed territories. 

“We must immediately strengthen security coordination with the federal government to stop the group’s resurgence in these areas,” he wrote in a statement. “The KRG reaffirms its readiness to help bring stability to all of the country in general and combat the terror threat in the disputed areas in particular.”

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