ERBIL — A source from Kurdistan Region’s Ministry of Peshmerga has confirmed that Sheikh Jaafar Mustafa, commander of PUK’s Unit 70 of the Peshmerga forces, has gone missing after the conflicts in Kirkuk.
On Monday, Baghdad-backed Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi, who also enjoy military support of Iran, overrun Kirkuk after brief confrontations with the Peshmerga forces. Their easy access to the centre of the city was due to PUK’s withdrawal of its Peshmerga forces.
Prior to the treat, Mustafa was seen on the frontline with some officials close to his rival factions within the PUK, namely affiliates of Bavel Talabani and Lahour Jangi.
The source from the Peshmerga ministry told BasNews that the Peshmerga Command has lost communication with Mustafa since then.
There are unconfirmed reports of possible detention of Mustafa by Lahour Jangi’s men in order to make the withdrawal easier, to which Mustafa had opposed.