Kurds accused of helping ISIS capture Mosul

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By Adel Kadhem

Azzaman, June 16, 2014

A senior member of parliament from Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s the State of Law Coalition has accused the Kurds of helping ISIS militants capture the northern city of Mosul.

Hanan al-Fatlawi said the Kurds were implicated in the sudden and surprising takeover of Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city by the Iraq-based Jihadist group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant or ISIS.

Fatlawi said that Kurdish militiamen known as peshmerga were looting Iraqi military camps and forcing Iraqi army troops to surrender their weapons.

“This is a stigma of shame on the forehead of the regional government in Kurdistan,” the deputy added.

Kurdish forces have advanced into Mosul plateau, occupied the oil-rich city of Kirkuk and are currently in control of parts of the restive Province of Diyala.

The Kurds say they are coordinating with the central government in Baghdad but Fatlawi said Kurdish militiamen overrun army camps particularly in Kirkuk and looted their weapons and equipment.

“What the peshmerga did in Kirkuk is shameful and embarrassing,” she said.

Fatlawi said numerous Iraqi officers who refused to surrender their weapons were either killed or injured by Kurdish militiamen on refusing to surrender their weapons and camps.

“This proves that the Kurds are implicated in the latest events among them the capture of Mosul (by ISIS) and the control of Kirkuk.

“Kurdish leaders steal Iraqi oil while their peshmerga steal Iraqi weapons,” she said.

Latif Ameen, a Kurdish deputy in the Iraqi parliament, dismissed Fatlawi’s remarks as baseless and deceitful.

“Fatlawi is trying to camouflage the failure and the crushing defeat of the Iraqi army in Mosul despite the expenditure of billions of dollars from the state coffers,” Ameen said.

The government has hinted at a conspiracy behind the sudden collapse of Iraqi troops in Mosul, but has stopped short of elaborating.

Even Maliki in a recent speech said the defeat in Mosul was not because of lack of equipment, supplies or morale.

“It was a conspiracy, deceit and implication of certain quarters which we know and which issued orders to some military units to withdraw, the matter that caused chaos and bewilderment in the ranks of Iraqi troops in Mosul,” said Maliki.