ERBIL — A senior Kurdish source revealed that the deployment of the US forces to K1 base in Kirkuk will not have an impact on the deteriorated security situation of the city, as some parties claim the move is aimed at putting an end to the human rights violations against the Kurdish citizens in the city.
According to the information obtained by BasNews, the Iranian-backed Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi have been maltreating the Kurdish residents since they took over the city on October 16.
Furthermore, the Arab families who had returned to their places of origin, in accordance with Article 140, have once again been brought back to Kirkuk as part of Arabizing the city.
Mohammed Osman, an Iraqi lawmaker from the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), told BasNews that PUK had requested the creation of a joint operations room in Kirkuk in coordination with US and the Coalition forces, arguing that the US forces deployment is part of the plan.
The PUK MP explained that the violations against Kurds would come to an end by the deployment of the US forces.
However, a senior source told BasNews that the US forces who have been deployed to Kirkuk had previously left the K1 base in the wake of the October 16 military operation by Hashd al-Shaabi on the city.
The US troops returned from Qayara base to the K1 base on Tuesday evening, explaining “the deployment is not for the purpose some are claiming, it is merely the return of the forces and it won’t have any impact on the current situation in Kirkuk.”