“We firmly reject that the blue line defines Kurdistan’s borders,” said Iraqi Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani before the independence referendum on September 25.
This is an incident that ignited the Region’s problems. It is probably also the reason that has pushed the Region back to the “blue line” after it had lost many of its earnings which it since gained in 2003.
READ ALSO: Barzani: Referendum first step for Kurds to express their will
Speaking on the matter to Al Hadath on Tuesday, a Kurdish official said that Peshmerga Kurdish forces will retreat to the 2003 borders known as “the blue line.”
The Kurds are “against blood spill with the Iraqi army,” he added. Both parties fought hand in hand against ISIS.
However, this withdrawal is taking place after Barzani speaking to Al-Hayat newspaper said that Kurdistan’s “new borders will be drawn with blood.” In another interview with Kurdish media, he said: “The Region will not withdraw from lands that carry spilt Kurdish blood.”
Barzani said the latter while referring to areas that Kurdish Peshmerga forces fought ISIS to free or defend. These locations are outside Kurdistan’s recognized borders, most notably Kirkuk which is rich in oil.
نستخدم ملفات الكوكيز لنسهل عليك استخدام مواقعنا الإلكترونية ونكيف المحتوى والإعلانات وفقا لمتطلباتك واحتياجاتك الخاصة، لتوفير ميزات وسائل التواصل الاجتماعية ولتحليل حركة المرور لدينا...اعرف أكثر