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PKK presence in Kirkuk amounts to declaration of war, says Iraqi government

Press TV – October 15, 2017

The Iraqi government has accused authorities from the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) of bringing militants from Turkey’s outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) to the disputed oil province of Kirkuk, saying it considered the move as a “declaration of war.”

The National Security Council, headed by Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, said in a statement on Sunday that the presence of “fighters not belonging to the regular security forces in Kirkuk” was a “dangerous escalation.”

“It is impossible to remain silent” faced with “a declaration of war towards Iraqis and government forces,” the statement said, adding, “The central government and regular forces will carry out their duty of defending the Iraqi people in all its components including the Kurds, and of defending Iraq’s sovereignty and unity.”

The Iraqi government has said that it will seek to impose its authority over Kirkuk and other disputed areas.

The statement came just hours before the expiry of a deadline for Kurdish peshmerga fighters to withdraw from strategic areas.

Kurdish troops have already rejected a call from the Iraqi government forces to withdraw from a strategic location in Kirkuk’s southern region. Early on Sunday, a Kurdish security official announced that Peshmerga fighters had not withdrawn from a key junction south of of Kirkuk.

Earlier in the day, tens of thousands of Peshmerga forces were deployed to Kirkuk at the request of the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government.

Peshmerga forces moved into Kirkuk in 2014, when the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group launched an offensive across Iraq.

Iraqi Kurds deny presence of PKK militants

On Sunday, Kurdish Iraqi officials denied that any PKK militants were present in Kirkuk.

“There are no PKK forces in Kirkuk, but there are some volunteers who sympathizes with the PKK,” said General Jabar Yawer, the secretary general of the Peshmerga ministry.

Tensions have been simmering between the central government in Baghdad and the KRG over a recent controversial referendum on the secession of the region.

The plebiscite took place on September 25, drawing strong objection from Baghdad. Iraq’s neighbors and the international community also voiced concern about the repercussions of the vote, which was only supported by Israel.

Meanwhile, Kurdish leaders have dismissed the Iraqi government’s demand that the KRG annul the results of last month’s independence referendum.

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  1. So, despite the complete failure of the “Coalition of the willing”(Killing?), despite having found NO weapons of mass destruction in Iraq(but having destroyed that country) are still going to carve up ‘Old Iraq’ and steal their oil for an Israeli friendly country called “Kurdistan”? The complete dismantlement of “old Iraq’, which was the original intention of the War begun in 2003, is to continue(without any apologies) for the complete benefit of Israel.

    Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | October 15, 2017 | Reply

  2. Listening to a recent interview of Mr. Bollyn, he mentioned Rothschild as the largest investor in northern Iraq (“Kurdistan”) energy resources, along with natural resource wealth investments in the Israel-occupied Golan Heights. It’s staggering to observe how family dynasties like the Rothschilds manage to remain completely absent in the world’s media; understandable … considering the immense wealth they and similar top-of-the-pyramid families possess, yet absolutely amazing how they escape public scrutiny and outrage over their covert, unbelievably destructive wars of aggression.

    Comment by Jerry Alatalo | October 15, 2017 | Reply

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