The President of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, Masoud Barzani, said in a statement on Sunday that Kurdistan deserves ‘full liberation’ for the sacrifices the Peshmerga forces have made against ISIS.
“We celebrate the uprising anniversary at a time that our Peshmerga forces have achieved big successes in the battle against the Daesh [ISIS] terrorists ,” Barzani stated on Sunday which marked the 1991 Kurdish uprising.
“The people of the Kurdistan Region have made many sacrifices and have endured much hardships. Therefore, the most loyal response to [Kurdish] uprising, Peshmerga, and sacrifices of Kurdistan people is independence and full liberation,” Barzani continued.
The central government in Baghdad is not willing to give Kurdistan independence, and the local Assyrians want greater autonomy for their own community, something that the Kurdish government is not willing to give.