Arab Today, arab today iraq kurd leader warns against culture of violence
Last Updated : GMT 02:26:33
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today

Iraq Kurd leader warns against culture of violence

Arab Today, arab today

Arab Today, arab today Iraq Kurd leader warns against culture of violence

Baghdad - AFP

  The leader of Iraq\'s autonomous Kurdish region said on Friday he fears a return to a culture of violence, the latest in a series of remarks critical of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki in recent weeks. However Kurdish president Massud Barzani also said he did not fear the federal government taking delivery of F-16 warplanes bought from the United States, after last month saying he opposed the sale of the aircraft while Maliki was premier. \"We did not feel afraid of the MiG and Mirage aircraft, and we will not feel afraid of the F-16 aircraft,\" Barzani said in a speech in the Kurdish regional capital Arbil, referring to the air force of executed dictator Saddam Hussein, overthrown in a 2003 US-led invasion. \"But we fear that the culture, which believes that the language of the plane, the tank and the cannon is the language of solving problems, will return,\" he added. Barzani noted: \"We prefer the language of dialogue to the language of arms and threats.\" The Kurdish leader has frequently accused Maliki of centralising power and voiced opposition to his military acquisitions, telling reporters on April 23 \"The F-16 must not reach the hand of this man,\" referring to Maliki. The United States has agreed to sell 36 F-16s to Baghdad in a multi-billion-dollar deal aimed at increasing the capabilities of Iraq\'s fledgling air force, a weak point in its national defences. On March 20, Barzani said \"there is an attempt to establish a one-million-strong army whose loyalty is only to a single person,\" and claimed Maliki and the government were \"waiting to get F-16 combat planes to examine its chances again with the peshmerga (Kurdish forces).\" He has also accused Maliki of moving toward dictatorship, and said the premier aimed to \"kill the democratic process\" after the head of Iraq\'s electoral commission was arrested for alleged corruption. Friday\'s remarks were the latest sign of worsening ties between the central government and Kurdish authorities, who are mired in ongoing rows over disputed territory and oil revenues in particular. Kurdistan has also refused to hand over fugitive Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi, who was charged in December by authorities in Baghdad with running a death squad and fled to Kurdistan. Hashemi is currently in Turkey.    

arabstoday
arabstoday

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today iraq kurd leader warns against culture of violence Arab Today, arab today iraq kurd leader warns against culture of violence

 



Arab Today, arab today

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today iraq kurd leader warns against culture of violence Arab Today, arab today iraq kurd leader warns against culture of violence

 



Arab Today, arab today Designer Rania Adel reveals her new collection

GMT 17:59 2017 Monday ,12 June

Designer Rania Adel reveals her new collection
Arab Today, arab today France defies terrorism through tourism

GMT 15:18 2017 Saturday ,20 May

France defies terrorism through tourism
Arab Today, arab today Mai Al-Jeddawi presents décor ideas for Ramadan
View News in Arabic - Culture: أخبار الثقافة والفنون
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today

GMT 09:49 2017 Tuesday ,02 May

Girl barred from Malaysia chess competition

GMT 08:48 2017 Saturday ,06 May

Climate science: Bad news gets worse

GMT 16:25 2017 Sunday ,04 June

“Suhoor” is basic meal for fasting

GMT 06:31 2015 Thursday ,04 June

Pluto's unruly moons

GMT 23:13 2017 Sunday ,18 June

New ransomware virus attacking mobiles in Oman
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
 
 Arab Today Facebook,arab today facebook  Arab Today Twitter,arab today twitter Arab Today Rss,arab today rss  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
arabstoday, Arabstoday, Arabstoday