Monday, October 16, 2017

Kurds’ Retreat from Kirkuk Foils Barzani’s Plot against Region

Kurds’ Retreat from Kirkuk
A member of Iran’s Expediency Council said the Kurdish Peshmerga forces’ withdrawal from the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk put an end to a dangerous plot hatched against regional security.

With the Kurdish forces’ retreat from Kirkuk today, the back of a Barzani’s scheme against the region’s security was broken, Ali Akbar Velayati said on Monday, referring to President of Iraqi Kurdistan Region Masoud Barzani.

He made the remarks after a convoy of Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) forces earlier in the day took control of the governorate building in the central part of Kirkuk, located 250 kilometers (155 miles) north of capital Baghdad.


  1. Iraqi government forces have entered central Kirkuk, residents say, after taking key installations outside the disputed city from Kurdish fighters.
    Witnesses told the BBC they saw federal forces entering the provincial government building.
    Clashes were reported south of Kirkuk earlier in the day, while thousands of residents fled the city.
    It comes three weeks after the Kurdistan region held a controversial independence referendum.
    While Kirkuk is not inside Iraqi Kurdistan, Kurdish voters inside the city were allowed to take part.
    Iraq's prime minister has said the vote - in which residents of Kurdish-controlled areas, including Kirkuk, overwhelmingly backed secession - was unconstitutional.

  2. The Iraqi government forces have taken full control of Kirkuk, Al Jazeera and Sky News Arabia report, citing the central government in Baghdad.

    The Iraqi flag has been raised over the disputed city of Kirkuk and other Kurdish-controlled areas, on Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s orders.

    The “attack” on Kurdish-controlled Kirkuk by Iraqi troops is “a flagrant declaration of war against the nation of Kurdistan,” the Peshmerga General Command said in a statement earlier, as cited by Rudaw.

  3. Amid the ongoing tensions between Iraqi military forces and Peshmerga in Kirkuk, the federal troops managed to establish control over the key region's facilities and governing bodies...

    The Iraqi federal police managed to capture the Kirkuk administration building without any fight, a source told Sputnik.

    According to the source, the majority of officials of the administration, including its governor Najmaddin Karim, left on Monday morning in the direction of the territory of the Kurdish autonomy.

    "Forces of the federal police entered the building of the provincial administration without any resistance," said a member of the provincial administration who was familiar with the situation.

    According to him, the federal forces took control of "other important objects" in the city.

    Media reports claim that Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi ordered to raise Iraqi flag over Kirkuk and other disputed areas under the control of Kurds.


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