arabic 17/03/2018 – 23:56 News / Kurdistan
The return of the Peshmerga to the “disputed” under US supervision
The spokesman of the Arab tribes in Nineveh, Sheikh Muzahim al-Hewitt, on Saturday, the US efforts to return the Kurdish Peshmerga forces to all Kurdish areas outside the administration of the Kurdistan Region, or so-called <disputed>, and establish a joint administration with the federal forces.
A high-level US delegation will visit Baghdad and Erbil to agree on a formula for joint administration in the “disputed” and redeployment of the Peshmerga forces alongside federal forces, al-Hewitt said.
He pointed out that the US leadership has informed Baghdad about the redeployment of the Peshmerga forces in all the disputed areas and the formation of a joint operations room between the two sides, supervised by the US forces, adding that “the Arab tribes have been notified by the US government in Washington.”
The spokesman for the tribes of Nineveh, that the Arab tribes demanded the US forces to return Peshmerga forces, being «she has maintained those areas and provided thousands of martyrs and wounded in that way», stressing that «after the withdrawal of the Peshmerga forces from these areas have been returned a large proportion of the incentive And «most of them under the cover of some factions of the popular mobilization, and is a significant threat to the religious components of the <disputed», especially the province of Shankal », in a press statement (Pasnioz).
He pointed out that Arab tribes «have fears of the return of sectarian violence and attacks on followers of different religions in those areas, and Abizaid« After the submission of a formal request from us to the US government has been informed the Government of Baghdad the need to redeploy the Peshmerga forces, being the one who liberated those areas From the grip of a supporter and kept it ».
He stressed that «the disputed areas with a majority of Kurdish», and that all the components of religious, national and sectarian in those areas are of great concern «after the accession of most of the elements of the organization of a supporter of the Arabs to the ranks of popular mobilization».
He revealed that «is scheduled to visit a senior US delegation next week to Erbil and Baghdad to agree on the redeployment of Peshmerga forces in the disputed».
The Peshmerga forces entered the “disputed” after the Iraqi army and other security forces broke down in front of a few thousand armed men in 2014, where they were able to liberate and protect them over the past years of the war against Da’ash.
Following the events of October 16, the Popular Rally militias with other Iraqi forces took control of most of these areas, following the betrayal of a team from the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan and the withdrawal of Peshmerga forces to avoid confrontation with these militias.
After this date, the security situation deteriorated significantly in the “disputed”, and resumed its activity significantly through bombings and attacks, despite the announcement by Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi end of the organization and “final victory” late last year.