ERBIL — A US military force arrived in Tuz Khurmatu and were deployed to Siddiq Airport, 35 kilometers to the west of Tuz Khurmatu, a security official said.
"The US force headed on Friday night from Kaywan base (K1), south-west of Kirkuk, to the Siddiq military airport in Tuz Khurmatu city," Kawa Mala Parwez, head of Tuz Khurmatu Security, told BasNews.
Parwez said that the security situation in Iraq is unstable and the deployment of this force to Tuz Khurmatu, maybe, is to protect the security of the region and to prevent further escalation.
The Iraqi army, with support from the Iranian-backed Hashd al-Shaabi militias, launched on October 16, a large-scale offensive to take over the disputed territories, including Kirkuk, Tuz Khurmatu and Khanaqin. The operation led to a humanitarian crisis and security deterioration as thousands of people were forced to flee their homes in those areas.
Hundreds of US troops arrived at the K1 base in Kirkuk last Tueday and, according to reports, the aim of the deployment is to prepare for the next phase and prevent tensions in Kirkuk and Tuz Khurmatu.
According to a report by the Voice of America (VOA), the US and the Coalition forces fear that further escalation of tensions in Kirkuk and Tuzhurmatu would lead to a security breakout, therefore, the US forces were deployed to K1 base.
The report quoted the Coalition Spokesperson Colonel Ryan Dillon from Baghdad as saying that the Coalition forces deployed to the K1 in Kirkuk in coordination with the Iraqi army, stressing that the Coalition would redeploy its forces across the Iraqi territories.