Iraqi Kurds urge Turkey to take stronger anti-ISIL stance

Deputy PM of Kurdish Regional Government in Iraq: we wanted Turkey to be a part of the U.S.-led international anti-ISIL coalition.

Iraqi Kurds urge Turkey to take stronger anti-ISIL stance
World Bulletin / News Desk
 
Turkey provided partial assistance to the Kurdish Regional Government in its fight against ISIL, but should take more steps to aid peace and stability in the region, an Iraqi Kurdish official said Monday. 

Qubad Talabani, the deputy prime minister of the Kurdish Regional Government in Iraq, said they wanted Turkey to be a part of the U.S.-led international anti-ISIL coalition.

Talabani's remarks came during a panel titled Turkey, Kurds and Kurdistan Regional Government held in the Erbil, the capital of the Kurdish Regional Government. 

Turkey allowed peshmerga fighters to cross into the Syrian town of Kobani, which has become the scene of fierce clashes between Kurdish fighters and ISIL militants since September 2014, Talabani said.

"The Kurdish Regional Government’s people and government expected more from Turkey in the fight against the militant group," said Talabani, adding that Turkey's participation in the international coalition would contribute to peace in the region. 

Stating that the militant group would not be content with just occupying Syria, Iraq and Lebanon, Talabani said "if these terrorists were not driven out, Turkey would one day confront ISIL and the war would spread to its borders."

Talabani called for joint political, economic and military struggle, as the coalition continues to launch airstrikes against the militant group. 

Touching on ISIL's blitzkrieg last year, Talabani accused former Iraqi governments of pursuing policies that estranged Sunnis and laid the groundwork for ISIL.

"Iraqi government forced Sunnis to turn a blind eye to ISIL's growth and its occupation of large parts of territory. They sometimes supported this occupation with reasonable grounds," said Talabani.  

Talabani called for the inclusion of Sunnis into the country's politics, instead of "terrorizing" them. "The Sunnis should not support ISIL to reach its aims, but obstruct its power."

Iraq has suffered a security vacuum since June last year, when ISIL stormed Mosul and declared what it called a caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria.

The U.S. is leading an international coalition, which includes France, Germany, and Saudi Arabia, which has carried out numerous airstrikes against ISIL in Iraq and Syria.

Last Mod: 26 Ocak 2015, 14:08
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