Erbil vows Baghdad after attacks on Peshmerga-held area

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Civilians inspecting bombed building in Tuz Khurmatu, north of Iraq. Activists

ARA News

Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan – The Iraqi regime warplanes bombarded on Sunday residential areas in the city of Tuz Khurmatu, east of Salahuddin province in northern Iraq, killing a twelve-year-old girl, and injuring eight others, in addition to the demolition of several houses, local sources reported.

The headquarters of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) were also targeted in Tuz Khurmatu attacks.

Jabbar Yawir, the Secretary General of the Ministry of Peshmerga in Iraqi Kurdistan, demanded the Iraqi Central Government to immediately investigate the incident, and legally punish those who are behind it, as well as clarifying the case to the public opinion.

“We are warning the Iraqi government if such incidents repeated without any accountability and legal procedures, then we will resort to the option of self-defence right,” Yawir said.

The Iraqi helicopters had bombed a military barracks belonging to the Peshmerga forces in Jalawla of the Diyala province east of the country on June 15 of last year, which led to the injury of about 6 members of the Peshmerga.

Commenting on the incident, Colonel Ibrahim Kiredi al-Hamad, a defected officer from the Syrian army, stated to ARA News that the recent Tuz Khurmatu attacks are considered an act of hostility towards the Kurdistan Region, reflecting sinister intentions by those who rule Baghdad (in reference to the government of Nouri al-Maliki, the current Iraqi PM) towards Kurdistan and people of Kurdistan.

al-Hamad believes that this attack is “a kind of harassment and provocation” to the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) “which is now far advanced in the Declaration of the State of Kurdistan on the Kurdish historical land”.

“Kurdistan’s economy developed alongside with security achieved by the wise Muslim President Massoud Barzani all over the Region during the past few years,” al-Hamad told ARA News.

The Kurdish forces of Peshmerga seized control of the towns of Tuz Khurmatu and Jalawla, as well as most areas of Kirkuk city and the disputed areas between the Central Government and the Kurdistan Region.

These developments came after the withdrawal of Iraqi forces from these areas in an attempt to avoid clashes with al-Qaeda splinter group of the Islamic State (previously known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant ‘ISIL’) last month.

 

Repowering by: Azad Jamkari

Source: ARA News

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