Subscribe free to our newsletters via your
. Military Space News .

Iraq demands Kurdish forces leave disputed areas
by Staff Writers
Baghdad (AFP) June 05, 2013

Iraq's interior ministry on Wednesday issued a strongly-worded call for forces loyal to the northern Kurdish region to withdraw from several disputed areas, threatening a fragile peace after a spate of violence in April.

The unrest, spread over several days in multiple towns between forces loyal to the central government and protesters, had prompted the army to withdraw from several key towns with the security void filled by Kurdish peshmerga forces that the Iraqi army subsequently accused of looking to take control of key oil fields.

"The interior ministry calls for the brothers in charge of the security file in the KRG (Kurdistan Regional Government) to withdraw peshmerga forces from Suleiman Bek and Tuz Khurmatu districts, and Kirkuk province, because this area is under the authority of the central government," a statement posted to the ministry's website said.

The disputed territories are "part of the (central government's) range of security responsibilities, according to the Iraqi constitution", it added.

Oil-rich Kirkuk province and its eponymous capital, as well as surrounding areas including Suleiman Bek and Tuz Khurmatu, are a key part of territory that Kurdistan wants to incorporate over strong objections from the federal government in Baghdad, a dispute diplomats and officials say is a major threat to long-term stability.

The Kurdish deployments in April, which came as five days of unrest in Iraq killed more than 215 people, increased already high tensions in Iraq, adding a long-running Arab-Kurd dispute over territory to a stand-off between Sunni Arab protesters and the country's Shiite-led government.

The latest statement, meanwhile, threatens to enflame an already tense situation in Iraq, after violence in May was the worst since 2008 according to the UN and official figures, as the country grapples with a protracted political deadlock and months-long protests by the Sunni Arab minority.

And while the violence has continued into June in much of the country, a fragile truce has thus far held in the northern disputed territories between central government forces and the peshmerga.


Related Links
Iraq: The first technology war of the 21st century

Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News

Football: Top Iraq club coach quits fearing Baghdad attacks
Baghdad (AFP) June 02, 2013
The manager of Iraq's top local football side quit on Sunday after refusing to travel to Baghdad over a spike in violence that has sparked fears of a return to all-out sectarian war. Rodion Gacanin and Arbil FC agreed to a mutual termination of the Croatian coach's contract more than halfway through the season as the team looks to defend its football league title and go on to win its fifth i ... read more

Israel fast-tracks Arrow 3 over Iran nuclear fears

US Missile Shield Threatens Balance in Asia-Pacific Region

US to send Patriot missiles, F-16s to Jordan for drill

Russia developing counter-measures for European anti-missile shield

Taiwan deploys new powerful rocket system: report

Lockheed Martin Completes Anti Ship Missile Tests

Raytheon, US Navy complete first phase of RAM Block 2 developmental testing

US slams Russia over Syria arms deal

End drone strikes, new Pakistan PM tells US

Incoming Pakistan PM Sharif condemns drone attack

SES Enables Remotely Piloted Aircraft System In Non-Segregated Airspace

MiG Signs Attack Drone Research and Development Contract

Mutualink Platform to be Deployed by US DoD during JUICE 2013

General Dynamics to Deliver U.S. Army's Newest Tactical Ground Station Intelligence System

Boeing-built WGS-5 Satellite Enhances Tactical Communications for Warfighters

US Navy And Lockheed Martin Deliver Secure Communications Satellite For Mobile Users

Chile to buy surplus U.S. armored amphibious vehicles

Raytheon books Paveway II contract

New Nerve and Muscle Interfaces Aid Wounded Warrior Amputees

More than 60 countries sign new arms trade treaty

India promises to clean up military corruption

Thales delivers final Hawkei test vehicles

Netherlands, Germany move to enhance military cooperation

Helicopter, encryptian device deals for EADS companis

Outside View: Trapped in the cul de sac of no good choices

Rising China propels Xi into Obama summit: analysts

Obama, Xi stir intrigue with desert oasis summit

US inventor allowed out by China ahead of summit

Stretchable, transparent graphene-metal nanowire electrode

Shape-shifting nanoparticles flip from sphere to net in response to tumor signal

Gold nanocrystal vibration captured on billion-frames-per-second film

Understanding freezing behavior of water at the nanoscale

The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement