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Iraqi Kurds send reinforcements to disputed Kirkuk

13 October 2017, 08:05 | Erica Roy

Iraqi Kurds send reinforcements to disputed Kirkuk

Iraqi government denies operation claims to Kirkuk

It is calling for its neighbours to shut the landlocked region's borders. Baghdad has ruled out talks unless the KRG renounces the referendum results.

"It was not known how Baghdad could carry out the arrest warrants as forces of the central government have no powers in KRG territory", reports Reuters.

Polling was held in the three provinces that have long formed an autonomous Kurdish region as well as neighbouring areas, including Kirkuk, that the KRG seized from Daesh during the fightback against the militants' 2014 offensive through areas north and west of Baghdad.

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim is expected to visit Baghdad on Sunday to meet with Abadi.

Hemin Hawrami Tweeted early Friday that Hashd al-Shaabi fighters were preparing "to attack oil wells and areas controlled by Peshmerga forces", loyal to northern Iraq's Kurdish Regional Government (KRG).

However, The Iraqi military command, in a statement, denied the Iraqi army was launching an operation to retake the city.


Kurdish policemen look on towards banners supporting the referendum for independence of Kurdistan in Erbil, Iraq September 24, 2017. Haidar Al-Abadi went on to call for joint administration between the Iraqi government and the KRG over the disputed areas in Kirkuk under the leadership of the federal government in Baghdad, without giving further details on how this would work.

They accused the Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF) - paramilitary units dominated by Iran-trained Shiite militia - of massing fighters in two mainly Shiite Turkmen areas south of Kirkuk in a bid to provoke a confrontation.

The area around al-Qaim, near the Syrian border, is the last part of Iraq still under the control of IS, which overran a third of the country in 2014 but has been driven back by a series of Iraqi military offensives with US support.

On Thursday, the Iraqi military dropped leaflets on al-Qaim urging the militants to surrender or face death. It is a precautionary measure after an increase in the deployment of Iraqi forces in the area, Irna says.

Islamic State's cross-border "caliphate" effectively collapsed in July when USA -backed Iraqi forces captured Mosul, the group's de facto capital in Iraq, after a nine-month battle.



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