At least 6,000 Kurdish fighters sent to Kirkuk against Iraqi buildup

Iraqi Kurdistan sent 6,000 fighters to support thousands already deployed in the Kirkuk oil city, KRG Vice President Kosrat Rasul reported Friday. He said Irbil was alarmed by a significant buildup of government forces and Shiite militiamen from the paramilitary Popular Mobilization. They had taken over nearby oil fields, airport and a military base 3km south of the Peshmerga forces,” he said. “There are threats by the Iraqi army that has deployed forces near Kirkuk supposedly to attack Kirkuk. But I don’t believe it will be easy for them to do that,” Rasul said. “We do not want war, and we seek to solve problems through dialogue,” he added.

The standoff comes ahead of dialogue between the KRG and Baghdad over Kurdish independence following its referendum two weeks ago.

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2 thoughts on “At least 6,000 Kurdish fighters sent to Kirkuk against Iraqi buildup

  • Oct 14, 2017 @ 10:24 at 10:24
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    The Kurds will fight. Iraq and the Hezbowels better not mess with them. Now, the question remains: who will Trump side with? I hope it’s Kurdistan.

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  • Oct 14, 2017 @ 22:23 at 22:23
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    Kurdistan not exist. Its fake state, like aliens state.

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