05 Aug 2015 - Bashika frontline few kilometers from Mosoul. Hamid Affendi, former minister of Peshmerga, says he is about 82, and he is slightly deaf
commander of the Bashiqa frontline. He Sits in a tent wearing a crisp traditional peshmerga uniform. In an effort to keep the heat at bay, a soldier waters the floor under his brown suede loafers. Other senior Peshmerga look on from settees lining the walls of the tent, clicking worry beads through their fingers as he talks. ‘Of course I was retired when the war started but I was obliged to come and gith against our enemies and support our people here from the threat. I come from a region near the triangle of border between Iran, Turkey and Iraq.
After the Daesh defeat of our people I was obliged to come back. We cleared many villages, a line of moran than 30 km from here to Duhok. Sometimes they bombard by mortars our areas, sometimes during the day, but actually more often at night. More than 12 of our people were killed in the first attack. We killed more than 54 daesh and captured some.’ - ‘We wait, we have contact with the Iraqi government. At the time when If they want to attack daesh in Mosul, we will support them.’ - ‘We must have independence for the Kurdish people. We should take our rights.’
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