Barzani: ‘We received Iranian weapons to fight Islamic State extremists’

President Massoud Barzani (R) shaking hand with Iranian FM Mohammad Javad Zarif in Erbil, capital of Iraqi Kurdistan. File photo

ARA News

Al-Hasakah, Syria – The president of Iraqi Kurdistan Region, Massoud Barzani, said on Tuesday that Iran has provided weapons and ammunition to the Peshmerga forces in their fight against the Islamic State (IS) in northern Iraq.

Barzani’s statement came during a joint press conference with the Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif  in Erbil, capital of the Kurdistan Region.

Barzani stressed during the press conference that Kurdistan Region demanded weapons for fighting the Islamic State (IS), an al-Qaeda offshoot, “and Iran was the first country that responded to the call and provided arms and ammunition to the Peshmerga forces”.

For his part, the Iranian FM pointed out that his country has recently provided military aid to the Iraqi army, as well as the Kurdish Peshmerga forces, stressing that this support does not include the deployment of Iranian ground troops on the Iraqi territory.

On the other hand, the new Prime Minister of Iraq, Haider al-Abadi, told local media on Monday that the Iraqi Central Government supported the Peshmerga forces by providing them with weapons to fight IS in Nineveh province.

Noteworthy, the confrontations and battles are still ongoing between the Peshmerga forces and militants of the Islamic State in areas of Shingal, Zammar, and Mosul, coinciding with the U.S.-led air strikes on sites and gatherings of the extremists of IS.


Reporting by: Jiwan Ibrahim

Source: ARA News

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