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KRG says Iraq preparing for major offensive, Baghdad denies

Kurdish officials said that the popular mobilisaton forces and the Iraqi army is preparing for an attack on Kirkuk. (Reuters)

The Iraqi government on Wednesday denied what the Kurdistan Regional Government's said about an offensive being prepared by government forces and Iranian trained Popular Mobilisation Unit militias (PMU) against Kurdish troops in the Kirkuk area.

The KRG said in a tweet that dangerous messages are being received that Iraqi forces, PMU militias and Federal Police are preparing a major attack on Kurdistan.

A Kurdish official confirmed the tweet which added that offensives are being prepared in the areas of Kirkuk and Mosul.

“We deny any planning or thinking of an attack in Kirkuk,” the Iraqi government spokesman told Al Arabiya.

This development comes a few hours after the announcement of the referendum commission in the Kurdistan their rejection of a Baghdad court order to apprehend members of the Commission and its president.

(With Reuters)

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Last Update: Thursday, 12 October 2017 KSA 23:25 - GMT 20:25
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