Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Baghdad responsible for ‘disputed’ parts of Iraq: PM

Peshmerga forces
Baghdad is responsible for security in parts of Iraq “disputed” between Baghdad and Erbil, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said Tuesday, going on to warn Kurdish Peshmerga forces against taking on federal government forces.

“The central government is solely authorized to provide security in disputed areas [of Iraq],” al-Abadi said at a press conference in Baghdad.

“I urge Peshmerga forces deployed in these areas to refrain from fighting federal government forces,” he added.

According to Iraq’s 2005 constitution, Kurdish Peshmerga forces are answerable to the central government in Baghdad. On the ground, however, they take their orders from northern Iraq’s Erbil-based Kurdish Regional Government (KRG).

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