KIRKUK — A Kurdish lawmaker stated on Sunday that Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani has ordered reinforcement of border security forces and a plan to deploy more troops on border areas is underway.
Shakhawan Abdullah, a Kurdish member of the Iraqi Parliamentary Committee for Defense and Security Affairs, told BasNews that all security procedures have been taken to send additional forces to Kurdistan borders.
“We’re planning to send additional forces to the borders of Kirkuk, Tuz Khurmatu and Hawija,” Abdullah said, adding that Barzani has ordered that Kurdistan’s borders need to be fully secured, and the forces should be prepared to ward off any threats.
Peshmerga forces have foiled all the past threats and scenarios orchestrated against Kirkuk and Tuz Khurmatu, he noted, stressing that they won’t tolerate any attempts to pose threats to these areas.
Abdullah previously told BasNews “There is a political intention behind delaying Hawija liberation and they [Iraqi government] intend to deploy the Hashd al-Shaabi into the city to create issues for Kirkuk province while Kirkuk is the main victim of IS’s presence in Hawija.”
He noted that despite the threats against the city, the Peshmerga forces do not allow any forces to destabilize the situation of Kirkuk.