ERBIL — The government-backed Iraqi Shi’ite militia groups of Hashd al-Shaabi are threatening the disputed Kurdish areas through an Arabisation campaign, said a Kurdish official.
The chairman of the General Board of Kurdistan Areas outside the Kurdistan Region Administration, Nasraddin Sindi, told BasNews that the Hashd al-Shaabi is continuously increasing the number of its militias in the disputed Kurdish areas, mounting pressure on the Kurdish population and even the Sunni Arabs.
“In Tuz Khurmatu, for example, half of the city is under the control of Hashd al-Shaabi,” Sindi said, noting that they have several times informed the Iraqi government about the threat, but a decisive decision is yet to be made by Baghdad.
The official calls on the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to discuss the issue with the federal government of Iraq in hopes of tackling the problem.
Sindi also expressed concerns over the presence of the Shi’ite militias in the Sinjar areas where they are stationing after dislodging the Islamic State (IS) militants, saying the move is threatening the upcoming independence referendum to cover the disputed Kurdish areas.