Kurdistan Region President warns against escalation of terrorist attacks in Iraq

- 15 June 2020

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, June 15, 2020

In a statement, Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani condemned ‪Saturday night’s terror attack on two Kakayi villages and warned against escalations of terror and tensions in Iraq. Below is the statement:

The resurgence and escalation of terrorist attacks in Iraq, particularly in the disputed territories, are an extremely alarming development. The rising number of recent terror attacks have destabilized these areas and undermined peace for all of the religious and ethnic communities there. These communities have continuously faced the threats of death, abductions and evictions from their own homes. Recently their farms and crops have repeatedly been set on fire while vicious and deadly terror attacks have continued to target them.

We have frequently warned the seriousness of the situation in these areas, we reiterate that the continuation of current circumstances will threaten stability and peaceful coexistence in these areas. More effective ways of coordination and cooperation are needed between the federal government and the Kurdistan Region to face the current dangers and to protect the communities in these areas. Cooperation between the Peshmerga and Iraqi forces and the continued support of the international coalition against ISIS are necessary, since the terror groups have taken advantage of the security vacuum in these areas to launch more attacks. The Kurdistan Region Presidency will continue to make serious efforts in this regard.

The latest terror attacks on two Kakayi villages near Khanaqin city, in which a number of people lost their lives and several others were wounded, shows the extent of escalation of terror activities and violence in these areas and the necessity of taking quick steps to prevent their repetition.
I strongly condemn these terror attacks and I extend my condolences to the families of the victims and share their grief. I wish the wounded a speedy recovery. May God grant them comfort and patience.

Nechirvan Barzani
Kurdistan Region Presidency