Kurds Should Leave Iraqi Army: Kurdish MPSource : http://basnews.com/index.php/en/news/252365
Shakhawan Abdullah says that Barzani is concerned over KRG’s share in Iraqi army
2 days ago | News
ERBIL — A Kurdish member of Iraqi Parliament has revealed that Kurdistan Region President Massoud Barzani is concerned over Erbil’s share in the Iraqi army.
Deputy Head of Parliamentary Committee for Defence and Security Affairs, Shakhawan Abdullah, told BasNews that very few Kurdish figures have remained in the Iraqi army while a large number of officers already left their positions and joined the Peshmerga forces in the Kurdistan Region.
According to the Iraqi constitution, Kurds share 17% of governmental and military positions in the country with right to have an equal proportion from the federal budget. However, the central government has so far failed to provide the Kurds with their deserving share.
Kurdish officials previously accused the Iraqi army of undertaking sectarian policies and neglecting Kurdish officers and officials.
The Kurdish MP pointed out that the Iraqi Foreign Minister, Haider al-Abadi, promised to solve the issue and assign a Kurdish official for the position of Iraqi Army’s Chief of Staff, “but he simply failed to keep his promise.”
Abdullah insists that the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) should urge the remaining Kurdish officers to leave the Iraqi army and join the Kurdish Peshmerga forces as Baghdad prohibits them from taking an affective role in the Iraqi army.
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