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He said he is advocating a new "security architecture" in the region that would put U.S. troops alongside Iraqi forces and the Pesh Merga militia of the Kurdish Regional Government, the Kurds 'semi-autonomous northern enclave.
And while Kurdish leaders have joined Mr. Maliki's call for an end to militias, it seems unlikely they would do away with the Kurdish Pesh Merga, even if its members, like many in the Badr Brigade, have also been incorporated into the Iraqi military.
Many of Barzani's Pesh Merga forces were hanged by Iranian troops and Barzani fled to Baku, Soviet Azerbaijan and then on to Moscow, where he enjoyed the patronage of Joseph Stalin's government.
Kurds are determined to exact a high price for their support, including the continuing recognition of Kurdish autonomy, the settlement of the disputes over the boundaries of Kurdistan, closure on the role of the Kurdish military forces, the Pesh Merga, and the holding of the referendum in Kirkuk called for by the constitution.
Three ministeries, namely Finance, Internal and Pesh Merga Affairs are still not integrated.
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Speaking with a U.S. military delegation, Mas'oud Barazani, the president of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), expressed the desire to form a united army for Kurdistan with the Kurdish militia Pesh Merga serving as its nucleus.