Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani speaks on January 8, 2019 (NRT Digital Media)
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SULAIMANI — Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani said on Wednesday (January 8) that Iraq needs the help of the coalition forces to prevent Islamic State (ISIS) from reestablishing itself.
“We believe Iraq needs the support of the coalition forces to confront Daesh, terrorists,” Barzani said during a press conference, using the Arabic acronym for ISIS.
He reemphasized a statement released earlier in the day saying that the Kurdistan Region is concerned about how tensions between Iran and the United States are playing out in Iraq and called on all parties to de-escalate.
“We will make serious efforts so that Iraq, including the Kurdistan Region, does not become a field for conflict,” he said.
Barzani reiterated that the missiles launched by Iran against the base hosting US and coalition troops in Erbil had caused no casualties.
He also said that he shared the Region’s political parties’ concern at the “unilateral decision” of the Council of Representatives to call on foreign troops to withdraw from Iraq.
“We believe Iraq needs the support of the coalition forces to confront Daesh, terrorists,” he said, using an Arabic acronym for ISIS.
On Sunday, the Council of Representatives approved a resolution calling for the withdrawal of foreign troops in the country in response to a US strike that killed Iran’s top commander Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi militia Abu Mahdi Muhandis in Baghdad on Friday.
The Kurdish and Sunni blocs, however, did not participate in the session.
He said that the Kurdistan Regional Government would send a delegation to Baghdad to discuss the situation and their concerns with federal officials.
In retaliation to the US strike, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps launched 22 missiles on two bases housing the US and Coalition troops in Anbar and Erbil. The missiles caused no casualties.
(NRT Digital Media)