Shiite Militia Deploys Reinforcements in Tuz KhurmatuSource : http://www.basnews.com/index.php/en/news/iraq/243784
Kurdish counter-terrorism forces also stationed in the town
5 days ago | Iraq
TUZ KHURMATU – The atmosphere in Tuz Khurmatu continues to deteriorate as Shi'ite militia Hashd al-Shaabi deploys reinforcements to the city.
Head of the Security Directorate of Tuz Khurmatu Farouq Ahmed told BasNews that Kurdish counter-terrorism forces have also been stationed in the town in order to control the unrest.
Ahmed added that Hashd al-Shaabi sent reinforcements to Tuz Khurmatu on Saturday November 15th.
According to information obtained by BasNews, a Turkmen Shi’ite civilian was killed yesterday during an exchange of fire between the two forces.
Clashes between the Peshmerga and Shi’ite militias started on Thursday. Several civilians and Peshmerga have been killed and scores of houses belonging to Kurds set alight.
Shi'ite Militia Block Khanaqin – Saadia RoadSource : http://www.basnews.com/index.php/en/news/iraq/243890
Further tension between Hashd al-Shaabi and Kurdish forces in northern Iraq
5 days ago | Iraq
KHANAQIN – Shi'ite militia group Hashd al-Shaabi has blocked the main road between Kurdish city of Khanaqin and Saadia town in Diyala Province, northern Iraq.
Samir Muhammad Anwar, the head of Khanaqin City Council told BasNews on Monday that the Shi'ite militia are preventing residents from travelling between the Kurdish-majority areas.
The reason behind the latest action is unknown, Anwar said, although it comes after recent clashes between Hashd al-Shaabi and Kurdish security forces, which have claimed 18 lives.
“The Shi'ite militias are doing whatever they want,” claimed Anwar.
Meanwhile, Mahmoud Sangawi, senior member of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) and Peshmerga commander in Jalawla and Saadia, told BasNews that they Hashd al-Shaabi have been warned not to come to the Khanaqin, Jalawla and Garmain regions.
On Sunday, a Kurdish delegation and Shi'ite representatives in Khurmatu signed an agreement to defuse the situation in the town, which has seen a number of attacks on Kurdish residents.
Sinjar Facing Occupation by Peshmerga: Shi’ite LeaderSource : http://www.basnews.com/index.php/en/news/iraq/243853
Hashd al-Shaabi won’t withdraw from Tuz Khurmatu, Qais al-Khazali says
5 days ago | Iraq
BAGHDAD - The leader of the Shi’ite Islamist group Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq believes that after driving Islamic State (IS) out of Sinjar, the town is now under the occupation of Kurdish Peshmerga forces.
In a meeting with Shi’ite tribal figures in Najaf, Qais al-Khazali claimed that Sinjar is a town now “complicatedly occupied”.
Regarding the conflicts between Peshmerga forces and Hashd al-Shaabi in Tuz Khurmatu, Khazali said that the Shi’ite militias won’t withdraw from the area.
The only solution to the disputes in Tuz Khurmatu is that the Iraqi government take the full responsibility of the administration, Khazali said.
Tensions have been escalating between the Peshmerga and Shi’ite militias in western Salahaddin province since November 12th. Several Peshmerga and civilians have so far been killed.
Shiite Militia Kills Kurdish Doctor in KhurmatuSource : http://www.basnews.com/index.php/en/news/iraq/244033
Abdulkhalq Abdulkarim killed while on work
4 days ago | Iraq
KHURMATU – The Shiite Militia group has killed a Kurdish doctor in the town of Tuz Khurmatu in southern Kirkuk province in northern Iraq.
The Kurdistan Region's Parliament has condemned the violence perpetrated by Shi'ite militia Hashd al-Shaabi in Tuz Khurmatu which has resulted in the death of a number of civilians including a Kurdish surgeon.
Head of the committee Zolfa Mahmoud told BasNews that Dr Abdulkhalq Abdulkarim was assassinated while performing an operation.
During the past three years, Zolfa said, Dr Abdulkarim had served the people of Tuz Khurmatu regardless of their ethnicity or religious orientation.
She condemned the assassination, and urged all sides of the conflict to halt the violence and avoid targeting civilians.
Since November 12th, Tuz Khurmatu, in Kirkuk Province, has been the scene of almost constant confrontations between the Kurdish Peshmerga and Shi'ite militias.
Recent Clashes Affect Spirit of Coexistence in Tuz Khurmatu: Kurdish OfficialSource : http://www.basnews.com/index.php/en/news/kurdistan/244284
Peshmerga have no order to attack Shi'ite militias
2 days ago | Kurdistan
KHURMATU - Head of Kirkuk Security Directorate Halo Najat has said that the conflict between Peshmerga forces and Shi'ite militia Hashd al-Shaabi in Tuz Khurmatu was preceded by other tensions in the area.
Najat told BasNews that the recent clashes have affected the spirit of coexistence between Kurds, Arabs and Turkmen in northern Salahaddin Province.
He confirmed that more Shi'ite militias have been stationed in the city. "Hashd al-Shaabi claims the reinforcement were deployed only to prevent further conflict."
Najat pointed out that the Kurdish Peshmerga forces have remained in a defensive position as they are not ordered to attack.
The Peshmerga will be committed to any comprehensive agreement which Kurdish delegations sign in order to settle the disputes, Najat added.
Article 140 Can Solve Disputes in Khurmatu: Shi’ite Militia SpokespersonSource : http://www.basnews.com/index.php/en/reports/244347
Peshmerga “an occupier force” in disputed areas, al-Nouri claims
2 days ago | Reports
KHURMATU – The Shi’ite militia Hashd al-Shaabi has warned the Peshmerga to leave disputed areas, claiming that they are an occupying force.
Spokesperson for Hashd al-Shaabi, Karim al-Nouri told BasNews that a group of Peshmerga have attacked Shi’ite residents of Tuz Khurmatu.
Al-Nouri believes that creating a joint force between Peshmerga, Hashd al-Shaabi and the police to secure the area, is the best solution.
He said that if the Peshmerga forces, in light of their latest advances against Islamic State in Sinjar, attempt to advance further into disputed areas, “then they are an occupying force.”
Al-Nouri urged the Peshmerga to withdraw from disputed areas and said, “Kurds cannot unilaterally decide about these areas, but implementing article 140 from the Iraqi constitution will solve the disagreements.” Article 140 calls for referenda for locals in disputed areas to decide if they are governed by Baghdad or Erbil.
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