Interviews with Peshmerga Officials

INTERVIEWEE:  Dedawa KhurshidTITLE/POSITION: Major General in the Peshmerga ArmyLOCATION OF INTERVIEW: Frontline Sector 7, near village of KhazirDATE: June 12, 2015Q1: Where are from in Kurdistan?A: I am from Erbil but I was raised in different places because my father was Peshmerga. My grandfather was Peshmerga.I was married during the Revolution, and I was born in Peshmerga. Q2: What is the name of this exact position?A: Hazet Center 7.1.Q3: Approximately how many Daesh (ISIS) are you facing in this sector?A: The front here is 34 Kilometers long, from Ziatic Mountain to Wardak. During daylight we see little.But when attacking , there are many Daesh, but we do not know exactly the number. But there are many. We have seen that they bring reinforcements from Mosul at night, and their numbers are increasing.Q4: Can you explain to me the command structure of a Daesh combat unit?A: Daesh has implemented an ancient command structure based on the traditional Islamic war…

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