Starting next week, the Peshmerga forces will return to Kirkuk

SecurityKirkukThe Peshmergabreaking 2021-05-21 15:51A-AA +

Shafaq News / A military source said, on Friday, that the Peshmerga forces will start returning to Kirkuk governorate, starting from next week, after the agreement with the federal government.

The source, who is from the Peshmerga forces, told Shafaq News that 8 officers from Brigades 1 and 2 of the Peshmerga forces will join the joint operations room at the “K-One” base in Kirkuk next Sunday.

He added that within 7 to 15 days, the first company of the Peshmerga forces will return to Kirkuk governorate, for the first time since their withdrawal in October 2017, following tensions with the Iraqi army over the background of the independence referendum.

The source indicated that the Peshmerga forces will gradually return to Kirkuk if all goes well, until the deployment of two full Peshmerga brigades in the governorate by next August.

The Peshmerga forces withdrew from Kirkuk to avoid a clash with the federal government forces that advanced towards the province against the backdrop of tensions resulting from the independence referendum.

Before that, the governorate was administered jointly by the two sides for security.

Since last year, tension between Baghdad and the Kurdistan Region has gradually eased, and the two sides have reached an agreement to form joint coordination centers to fight ISIS, especially in the areas of security vacuums between the Iraqi army and the Peshmerga.


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