Shallaw Mohammed

Yalla – Makhmur

The Ministry of Peshmerga has welcomed the arrival of Iraqi Security Forces [ISF] in the Kurdistan Region, to prepare alongside the Peshmerga for the anticipated operation to liberate Mosul.

The arrival of the ISF in the Makhmour district of Erbil Governorate was agreed upon by the Iraqi Minister of Defence and officials form the Ministry of Peshmerga during a recent meeting in Erbil.

Yalla heard the slogan “The fight against ISIL unites us,” being shouted as the Peshmerga welcomed the ISF, who cheered and applauded in response.

“The operation to liberate Mosul with the Peshmerga and Coalition air forces is being prepared….the operation shouldn’t be delayed any longer,” Major General Najm al-Jbouri exclusively told Yalla. “The cooperation of the Peshmerga is essential because both sides have the objective of destroying ISIL.”

According to Yalla sources, on 31 January, a delegation of senior officials from the Kurdistan Region, led by Prime Minister Nechervan Barzani, visited Haider al-Abadi in Baghdad to discuss several issues including “liberating Mosul from the hands of ISIL”.

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“The Kurdish Government has no objections to the arrival of these forces, but it won’t allow them to stay permanently. The Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government set the condition that these forces go back after Mosul is liberated,” said a member of the delegation whose asked to remain anonymous. “Al-Abadi agreed to this condition as the Commander in Chief of the Iraqi Armed Forces.”

Najat Ali, commander of the Peshmerga Forces in Makhmour, told Yalla, “No force has come to the Kurdistan Region without the agreement of the Region.

“The ISF have deployed only to participate in the liberation of Mosul. Military barracks have been prepared for the Sunni 15th Division in Makhmour.”

ISF began building the barracks a month ago, and will accommodate the Sunni units which were banded after ISIL attacked Mosul and other regions. They were trained by the US and the British military personnel.

“We have decided to send 4,500 soldiers to participate in liberating Mosul from the control of ISIL,” said Iraqi Defense Minister Khaled al-Obaidi when the barracks were opened on 6 February.

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“The operation will be undertaken by the Peshmerga, Forces of Divisions 15 and 16, the Federal Police, Governorate of Mosul Police, and the Border Police,” Anwar Haji Osman, Deputy Peshmerga Minister revealed to Yalla. “The preparations for liberating Mosul are almost complete, and after liberating the city, the Iraqi Forces present in Kurdish areas will leave.”

In June 2014, ISIL fighters entered Mosul and took control of the city after the Iraqi army fled.