Iraq Kurds blame West over failure to arm Peshmerga

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Iraq
Friday, 21 November 2014

Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has blamed the West for failing to meet its promises about arming Kurdish fighters with sophisticated weaponry, Press TV reports.

KRG Masoud Barzani President criticized the West and the US-led coalition fighting the Takfiri ISIL group for not providing Kurdish Peshmerga forces with heavy weapons to help them counter the ISIL.

He stressed that the Kurdish forces need helicopters and heavy weapons such as artillery.

“The Peshmerga forces must be provided with sophisticated weapons so that they can confront the ISIL and defend Kurdistan, Iraq and the international community because it is a terrorist attitude that is threatening the whole world,” Hamid Bafi, a Kurdish MP, said.

“Therefore, we need equipment and ammunition. However, the international community must help us in the fight,” he added.

The Western powers view Peshmerga fighters as an important force in the battle against the ISIL. Britain, France, Germany and other countries began to arm the Kurdish fighters at the beginning of their fight against the militants. They, however, promised to provide the Peshmerga with sophisticated weapons later, which has not materialized yet.

The US-led coalition’s bombing campaign against the ISIL began on August 8 in Iraq, and since late September, the US and its Arab allies have been conducting airstrikes against ISIL positions inside Syria as well, without any authorization from Damascus or a UN mandate.

Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government forces, who had already been fighting ISIL Takfiri group in Iraq, entered Syria’s northern city of Kobani to join the fight against the militants in late October.

The ISIL terrorists currently control swathes of territory across Syria and Iraq. They have been committing heinous crimes in the captured areas, including mass executions and beheading local residents as well as foreign nationals.

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