Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Shiite commander denies seeking a corridor into Syria west of Mosul -Rudaw

It is said that you are on your way to the Syrian border and do you intend to enter Syria and fight ISIS there, too?

At the moment there might not be any need for that, but if we are ever required to collaborate with anyone outside our borders for the protection and defense of Iraq, we are ready to work across the continents and seas. The US is coming from the other end of the world to this region, so do we not have the right to do the same for our country?

But your critics say that the Hashd al-Shaabi is working to open a corridor for Iran in order to send forces into Syria. Is this true?

No, it is not. Iran does not need the Hashd al-Shaabi for this. If they wanted to do this, they could do so through Sulaimani and Erbil because Iran has good and historic relations with the Kurdish Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) and Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP). Even President Masoud Barzani himself said that the first country that stood by Kurdistan was Iran. This is a fact.

The talk of us opening a corridor for Iran is not true. It sounds like something ISIS would say. We will not allow Iran, Syria or Turkey to do such a thing.

bth: an interview worth reading in full. I don't doubt that Iran could obtain other land corridors as the commander points out. But note the discussion of long term alliance between Iran and the Kurds (PUK and KDP). Clearly they are allying to keep Turkey in check.

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