ERBIL— The Islamic State (IS) militants are trying to turn Peshmerga and Shi'ite paramilitaries in the town of Hawija against each other, warned a Peshmerga commander on Wednesday.
Speaking to BasNews, Kamal Kirkuki who commands Peshmerga forces in western Kirkuk frontlines, said according to the information they have received, the extremists are seeking to obtain the Iraqi and Hashd a-Shaabi militias' flags.
They want to attack Peshmerga troops using those flags and incite war between Peshmerga and Shi'ite militias, he added.
Iraqi government has announced that the operation to free Hawija (55km southwest of Kirkuk), the last IS stronghold in Iraq, will be enforced after clearing the areas in western Anbar from the Islamic extremists.
According to some reports, the operation will be conducted in late September.