PUK-affiliated force transferred to Peshmerga ministry


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SULAIMANI — The Deputy Chief-of-Staff at the Ministry of Peshmerga, Hoshmand Haidar, said on Wednesday (January 26) the Second Pshtiwani Force of Peshmerga Forces 70 Command has been transferred to the ministry.

Haidar said on Tuesday all legal procedures for the transfer of the force to the Peshmerga ministry have been completed.

The Peshmerga is notoriously divided on the basis of partisan affiliation, with large sections controlled either by the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) or the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP).

More than a dozen brigades are under the control of the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Ministry of Peshmerga Affairs, which is ostensibly non-partisan.

Peshmerga Forces 70 Command is affiliated with the PUK.

The First Pshtiwani Force was already transferred to the ministry at an earlier date.

(NRT Digital Media)