KIKRUK — Hawija operation will not have a negative impact on the Kurdistan Region’s independence referendum set to happen on September 25, Kamal Kirkuki, Commander of Peshmerga Forces on Kirkuk’s western front said on Wednesday.
Kirkuki told BasNews “Liberation of Hawija will not have a negative impact on Kurdistan Region's independence referendum.” He noted that the liberation of Hawija in southern Kirkuk Province is the duty of Kurdistan Region since the district is a Kurdish area outside KRG’s official borders.
The Peshmerga commander explained that the fight on Hawija will be conducted with close coordination between Peshmerga and Iraqi forces and the US-led Coalition against Islamic State (IS).
Kirkuki argued that Peshmerga alone can lead the battle from their front and that they need no other forces to move onto Hawija from the Peshmerga front.
He emphasized that no military troops other than Peshmerga will be allowed cross Kirkuk and other Kurdistan’s areas for the operation. He noted that Peshmerga will attack from northwest of Hawija and the Iraqi forces will push from the south and west of the city.