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Erbil Criticizes Nasrallah Over Comments Against Barzani

Erbil Criticizes Nasrallah Over Comments Against Barzani

Tuesday, 14 January, 2020 - 08:30
A Kurdish Peshmerga soldier stands at a lookout near Bashiqa in northern Iraq | REUTERS
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The Kurdistan regional government responded harshly to Hezbollah Leader Hassan Nasrallah, and labelled as “lies” his statements about the role of slain Quds Force Commander Qassem Soleimani in protecting the Kurdistan region from ISIS in 2014.

In a recent speech, Nasrallah quoted “eyewitnesses” from Hezbollah, who accompanied Soleimani during his visit to Erbil, as saying that the region’s president, Masoud Barzani, was talking and his hands trembled, as he asked the Iranian military leader to protect his territory from ISIS.

Nasrallah’s statements sparked popular and political anger in the Kurdistan region.

“It comes as surprise that you, with a shaky voice and in a childish manner, attack the Kurdistan Region and the leader of a nation. You disrespect a brave nation while you hide under the ground,” Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) spokesperson Jutyar Adil said in a statement.

“It was the Peshmerga force who protected Erbil and Kurdistan, not anyone else,” the statement stressed.

“However, we have thanked everyone who supported us in this way.”

“President [Masoud] Barzani is the symbol of a nation’s resistance, and a coward like you cannot make such remarks,” Adil added.

For his part, former Iraqi MP Joseph Sliwa addressed Nasrallah, saying: “If you allow yourself to interfere in Iraqi affairs, you must allow me as an Iraqi to interfere in the affairs of your party.

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