December 1, 2014
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region—Kurdish Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani told Iraqi officials in Baghdad Sunday that the Kurdish Peshmerga will not die to liberate Mosul when the residents of the city aren’t willing to do so themselves, said member of parliament.
“Prime Minister Barzani said to the Iraqis that his government didn’t want the Peshmerga to die for the liberation of Mosul when the people there aren’t willing to retake control of their own city,” said Renas Jano, a Kurdish MP in the Iraqi parliament.
Jano said that in his meeting with Iraqi officials including his counterpart Haider al-Abadi, Barzani had presented, “The names and numbers of Peshmerga fighters killed, wounded or captured in the fight against the Islamic State (ISIS),”
According to the Kurdish MP, Barzani had said to the Iraqi leaders, “The Peshmerga have offered this sacrifice to Iraq and what does Iraq have to offer the Peshmerga?”
The Kurdish Peshmerga have pushed back the ISIS from their borders and regained control of many towns and villages they lost to the group in August.
The main goal is to liberate the Kurdish areas and not go beyond the borders of the Kurdistan Region, Kurdish military leaders have said.
Erbil has also refused to join an Iraqi effort to recapture the city of Mosul, saying that the Iraqi government has blocked the payments of Peshmerga forces for several years even the force is constitutionally part of Iraq’s defense forces.