Q&A: Peshmerga General Secretary Jabar Yawar

The leader running Kurdistan's Peshmerga Ministry discusses the next steps in fighting IS, the future status of disputed territories, and efforts to reform the Peshmerga.
Q&A: Peshmerga General Secretary Jabar Yawar
Jabar Yawar, the general secretary of the Ministry of Peshmerga, at his office in Erbil on May 24, 2017. (RAWAZ TAHIR/Iraq Oil Report)

ERBIL - As the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS) loses the last of its territory in Mosul, Kurdistan's military forces are facing an uncertain new period of transition.

One key question is how Iraq's disparate armed forces are going to divide control over territory along Kurdistan's southern border, whose status has long been a subject of a bitter, national dispute. This includes oil-rich territory that was long controlled by the federal government, which has recently been a flashpoint of conflict among several rival political entities.

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