PMU rules out future conflict between Shia and Kurds in Iraq

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A Kurdish Peshmerga soldier (R) stands next to a member of the Iraqi PMU at a security checkpoint in Tuz Khurmatu in northern Iraq. Photo: Pierre-yves Baillet /ARA News

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Karim Nouri, he spokesperson of Iraq’s Shia-majority Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), on Wednesday ruled out a future war between the Kurds and the PMU.

“The PMU and the Peshmergas have fought together, our Kurdish brothers do not need to fear conflict,” Nouri said during a conference at the American University of Sulaimani.

“The Kurds have to be sure that even in the future there won’t be any attacks,” he said.

“In Sinjar, they were supporting us, and holding our flags. We tell our Kurdish brothers there is nothing to fear,” he said, mentioning joint cooperation between the PMU and the Peshmerga forces in Sinjar, Mosul, Jalawla, Amerli, and Bashir.

Many Kurds argued that after the war against ISIS is over, huge clashes could break out between the PMU and the Kurdish Peshmerga forces.

The PMU spokesperson said that political differences in 2014 led to the fall of Mosul, and that in the past the people of Mosul were asking the Iraqi army and police to leave.

“However, today they are asking for the return of the PMU, Iraqi army and police,” al-Saadi said. “Therefore,” he argued, “the Mosul people should not be discriminated again in the future by Baghdad.”

Furthermore, the spokesman said that the PMU forces are now moving on Western Sinjar, adding they will not allow ISIS to penetrate PMU defense lines.

Nouri added that the local population in Tal Afar has welcomed the PMU siege on the ISIS-held Turkmen town.

“We’re fighting Daesh, a hideous enemy, which recruits from everywhere,” he said, using an Arabic acronym for ISIS.

“The role of Hashd al-Shaabi does not undermine role of Iraqi Security Forces or the Peshmerga,” he concluded.

PMU spokesman Karim Nouri speaking at the Sulaimaniya Forum in Iraqi Kurdistan on March 8, 2017. Photo: ARA News

Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg | Source: ARA News 

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