ERBIL — The Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC) has urged the Iraqi government in Baghdad to stop the Shi’ite Militias of Hashd al-Shaabi, also known as the Popular Mobilisation Forces, from any hostile move against the Kurdish forces in Kirkuk and north of Mosul.
“We call on the Iraqi Government to stop the PMF aggression in Kirkuk and North Mosul. This reckless, provocative move follows Iraq's air embargo suspending international flights and other measures amounting to collective punishment on the people of Kurdistan,” said the KRSC in an official statement.
BasNews reported earlier that “significant Iraqi military and Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) build up in Bashir and Taz in south of Kirkuk, including tanks, heavy artillery, humvees, and mortars”, as confirmed by the KRSC.
“These forces are approximately 3 kilometers from the Peshmerga front line positions. Intelligence shows intention to takeover the nearby oil fields, airport, and military base.”
“Kurdistan continues calling for dialogue and peaceful means to settle the differences. The international community too must denounce the military deployments and call on the Iraqi government to return to talks.” the statement added.