Friday, July 11, 2014

Kurds threaten to retaliate against Iraqi forces if attacked

Jamie Dettmer, in an article at Voice of America on July 9, 2014, wrote: "Kurdish leaders cautioned Baghdad they will order their Peshmerga fighters to retaliate if Iraqi security forces launch any strikes on Kurdish-controlled territory."

According to Dettmer, the warning came after the Iraqi military over the weekend shelled Tuz Khurmatu, a town 80 kilometers south of Kirkuk, leaving four people dead, including a 12-year-old child.

Kurdish Peshmerga fighters seized Kirkuk and surrounding towns when government forces fled Kirkuk in anticipation of an ISIS militia offensive against the area.


 Iraqi officials claim the air raid was a mistake, and that the strike was meant for a neighboring town occupied by Sunni jihadists. Kurds dismiss the claim that the airstrike was a mistake, and have positioned themselves to be able to defend Tuz Khurmatu from either Sunni militants or the Iraqi army.

"This is the second time in less than a month that the Iraqi air force has targeted Kurdish Peshmarga bases and civilians," said Jabar Yawar, a spokesman for the Peshmerga Ministry in Kurdistan.

Jeremiah the Hebrew prophet predicted a war between the "Medes", who are today the Kurds of Kurdistan, and the "land of the Chaldeans", which today would be recognized as the country of Iraq.

With each incident, the fracture between al-Maliki's central government and the Kurdistan Regional Government grows larger, and open conflict becomes more and more likely, fulfilling the 2,600-year-old prophecy.



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