Thursday, August 02, 2007


Peshmerga to protect power towers

(VOI) - The Iraqi Kurdistan region's government is ready to send 12,000 Kurdish Peshmerga troops (Kurdistan national guard) to protect power towers, the spokesman for the peshmerga said on Sunday. "We're waiting for the approval of the government of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki," Jabbar Yawir, the undersecretary of the ministry of Peshmerga affairs, said.
He said "we are in agreement with the central government in Baghdad to send 6,000 troops to protect power facilities on the Taza-Baiji highway. "He pointed out that the central defense ministry in Baghdad has asked the Iraqi Kurdistan government in a meeting in Erbil, the region's capital, earlier in July for dispatching 6,000 Peshmerga soldiers to protect the oil pipeline in the district of al-Shurqat, 80 km south of Mosul, which leads to the Turkish port of Ceyhan.
The Kurdish 2nd Brigade Commander, Anwar Hama Amin, had said on Saturday that Kurdish Peshmerga forces will be deployed in several areas of Kirkuk to protect power towers and oil installations. "Bringing the Peshmarga to the province is part of an agreement and a protocol signed between the General Commander of the armed forces, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, and the President of Iraqi Kurdistan region, Masoud Barazani," said Amin in a press conference held on Saturday at the military training base of K1 in Kirkuk.

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