The Peshmerga forces do not plan to leave the areas, liberated by them from ISIS terrorists before the start of the battle for Mosul city.
The Peshmerga forces are not going to withdraw its troops from the areas that they liberated from the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group before to start the battle for liberation of Mosul city, Chief of the Staff of the Kurdish Peshmerga forces, Lieutenant General Jamal Mohamed, said.
“The Peshmerga forces will not be withdrawn from the areas that they liberated before October 10, 2016 [the start of the battle to liberate the city of Mosul],” Mohamed said.
“Peshmerga sacrificed nearly 2,000 martyrs and [suffered] 12,000 casualties in the war against the Islamic State. The withdrawal of Peshmerga from these areas is not negotiable,” he added.
The Lieutenant General also noted the importance of a prospective agreement between Baghdad and Erbil, which is supposed to be concluded after the liberation of Mosul and will concern to the status of Erbil city, where more than 300,000 Kurds live.
The Mohamed’s statement indicates the first signs of an impending crisis after the liberation of Mosul city.