June 19, 2018

Iraq threatens to resume military operations against Kurds

03 November 2017, 12:37 | Marta Robbins

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The accusations between the two sides came as the Iraqi forces are pushing to redeploy in all the areas that the Kurdish region had extended after 2003.

Iraqi forces threatened on Wednesday to resume operations to capture northern Kurdish-held territory after accusing authorities there of delaying handing over control of Iraq's borders with Turkey, Iran and Syria.

Kurdish officials said on Tuesday (10/31) that they were willing to allow "control" of Iraq at the border but the KRG must remain in control of the crossing into Kurdish territory.

Last week, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi ordered a 24-hour suspension of military operations in the country's north to enable the deployment of federal forces in all disputed areas and along the country's borders.

Tension has mounted between Baghdad and the KRG since September 25, when the latter held an illegitimate referendum on Kurdish regional independence.

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Talking about the third ODI which is ongoing as we write, put into bat, India posted 337 for six in their allotted 50 overs. The boundary riders were exceptional under pressure and kept their cool when running after the ball.

Turkish security forces killed 19 Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants in the province of Hakkari that borders Iraq, the Turkish armed forces said Thursday, after eight members of Turkey's security forces were killed in clashes.

The Command accused the KRG of using the talks to "buy time" in order to strengthen Kurdish lines. It is the only point of access between Turkey and Kurdistan.

Kurdish Peshmerga forces deployed in Kirkuk in 2014, when the Iraqi army fled in the face of an advance by Islamic State militants.

The volume announced by the oil ministry only covers crude sold by SOMO and not that sold by the autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in northern Iraq.

Control of the border area is of crucial importance for the landlocked Kurdish region.

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