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Iraq aims to integrate Peshmerga forces within Iraqi Military: Defense Minister

Najah al-Shammari

The Iraqi Defense Minister has said the Kurdish Peshmerga forces are part of Iraq’s military and security system, as he met with Kurdistan Region’s Peshmerga Minister to discuss ongoing efforts to integrate the forces within Iraq’ National Security apparatus.


In a press conference that followed the meeting on Monday, Najah al-Shammari said “Peshmerga forces are part of Iraq's organized security, we have discussed minor issues in the process; however, they are not difficult to solve. Our first and last priority is safekeeping the security of Iraq.” 


He went on to say that Peshmerga “are a part of Iraq’s security, and we need to unify and coordinate the activities of Iraq’s Security Forces (ISF) and Peshmerga to stand against the threats of the terrorist ISIS group, who are still active in certain areas.”

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