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Two KDP, PUK forces put under Peshmerga ministry's command- statement

  2021-06-22  | 
 Zhyan News Network
Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Minister of Peshmerga Affairs (MOPA) Shorsh Ismail speaks at Support Forces 1 Command headquarters in Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq, June 21, 2021. Photo by MOPA
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Ministry of Peshmerga Affairs said on Monday (June 21) that First and Second Support (Pishtiwani) Forces Commands have been put under the control of the ministry as acceleration efforts of the ministry’s reform process.

The two forces are affiliated with the Peshmerga Units Command 70 and Command 80 of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) and the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) respectively. 

The decision was announced by the Minister of Peshmerga Affairs Shorsh Ismail following a meeting with a high-level US delegation headed by Ambassador Mathew Tueller, attended by US Consul General in Erbil Rob Waller along with several other Peshmerga and US officials. 

“We emphasized on accelerating the military reform process at the Peshmerga ministry and reorganizing the forces under Peshmerga ministry's command," Ismail said in a statement. 

“We reiterated that the current situation in the region and the dangers of terrorism and terrorists require us to have a united military force.”

Tueller said that the unification of the Peshmerga forces “will strengthen the security of the IKR,”  referring to the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. 

The US has provided $250 million in assistance, including vehicles, mine detection kits and other equipment, along with vital training courses for Peshmerga personnel within the framework of the US-led global coalition against Islamic State (ISIS) militant group, the US diplomat said.

“The equipment that the US has provided continues to be one of the most tangible and lasting symbols of US commitment to the people of #Iraq and the #Iraqi_Kurdistan_Region,’ and that ‘a strong, unified Peshmerga will mean a stronger Iraq and a stronger Iraqi Kurdistan Region.”

In February 2018, the Peshmerga ministry declared a 35-point plan to make the Peshmerga a more, modern, efficient and non-partisan force in consultations with advisors from the US, UK, and Germany.

The US-led Coalition Combined Joint Task Force –Operation in inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR) was founded in 2014 when ISIS militants swept large swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria. It helped the Iraqi and Kurdish forces to recapture the ISIS-held areas.

(Zhyan English)