Peshmerga may not wear emblems from other states: official

World Bulletin/News Desk

Iraqi Kurdish fighters are not permitted to wear emblems from other countries, a Kurdish regional government official said Thursday.

Jabbar Yawer, secretary-general of the ministry of peshmerga affairs, commented on a photo in which a peshmerga fighter is seen wearing American emblems on his shirt.

“It is in no way permitted to place emblems in the format of foreign countries on the peshmerga uniform,” Yaver told Anadolu Agency on Thursday.

“We do not accept this thing at all,” Yawer said, “and our attitude to this issue is clear.”

The peshmerga fighter in question had provided his own shirt with the emblems in the photo, Yawer explained.

Around 160 peshmerga fighters are to join Kurdish groups fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant militants in Kobani, a Syrian town on the Turkish border.

The peshmerga forces landed on a private plane at Turkey’s GAP Airport from Erbil International Airport late Tuesday night. They were stationed in Suruc town near the Syrian border, a provincial governor told reporters Wednesday.

A separate truck convoy carrying their heavy weaponry also entered Turkey Wednesday via Habur border pass in the southeastern province of Sirnak.

The battle for control of the strategic Syrian town of Kobani between ISIL militants and armed Kurdish groups has been raging since mid-September when ISIL entered the town.


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