Thank you for your sympathy for martyrdom of Commander Akam, says PUK President

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) President, Bafel Talabani, on Monday, thanked the people, political parties, and foreign envoys for sympathizing with the martyrdom of the top Kurdish Commander.

Last Monday, Commander of Kurdistan Commando Forces Akam Omar died in Germany from wounds sustained from an IED blast amid an anti-ISIS operation in October.

Talabani sent out a message to the Iraqi as well as the Kurdistan Region political parties including diplomats and representatives of foreign military missions.

In the message, Talabani expressed words of gratitude as they mourned for the martyrdom of Commander Akam, and attended the Commander’s three-day-long funeral ceremony.

“By the martyrdom of Commander Akam Kurdistan lost a dedicated devoted character,  a character who had been uneased for his country and struggled for the prosperity of its people,” Talabani said in the message.

On Saturday, the body of the late Commander has been flown back to Kurdistan Region from Germany. Kurdistan bade farewell to Commander Akam with a mass funeral ceremony that drew top officials, military commanders, and heads of foreign military missions.

Erbil-Born Commander Akam used to be the chief of the Commando Forces since its early formation in coordination with the U.S.-led coalition forces in 2015 during the ISIS war across Iraq.

After the large funeral ceremony, late commander Akam was buried at Sheikh Ahmed cemetery in his birthplace Erbil.

Kurdistan Commando Forces is a special force affiliated with the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), it played a major role during the Islamic State war, receiving training from the U.S.-led collation forces, particularly France and Germany.

They are well-equipped and trained forces, in comparison to other forces, they have more own advanced weapons and military armored vehicles including tanks as well as non-combat helicopters.


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