Iraq to cooperate with Kurds to retake Mosul: Iraqi FM
Iran Press TV
Thu Jun 12, 2014 2:27PM GMT
Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari says Baghdad is set to work with the country's semi-autonomous Kurdistan region to push the militants out of the northern city of Mosul.
"There will be closer cooperation between Baghdad and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG)to work together and flush out these' militants, said the top Iraqi diplomat on Wednesday.
Zebari further described the recent seizure of Mosul by the Takfiri terrorists as a "mortal" threat to the entire country, calling on the Iraqi authorities to come together and counter the violence
"You cannot... [let] these people (Takfiri militants)... stay there to entrench themselves for a long time," stressed the Iraqi foreign minister.
The development comes as on June 10, the militants took control of Nineveh Province, forcing "over 500,000 people in and around" its capital, Mosul, to flee, according to Geneva-based International Organization for Migration.
On June 11, terrorists from the al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) stormed the Turkish consulate in Mosul. Meanwhile, the militants reportedly abducted "48 Turks, including the consul, staff members, special operations teams and three children."
Clashes continue between Iraqi soldiers and the Takfiri militants, who have vowed to march toward the capital.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said on June 10 that his country was involved in a "war against terrorism," stressing that Baghdad "will never permit Mosul and Nineveh to remain under the shadow of terror and the terrorists."
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon also condemned the acts carried out by the militants, calling on the international community to support the Iraqi government's fight against Takfiris.
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