Iraqi military deployed to ‘impose security’ in Kirkuk clashes with Kurdish Peshmerga

Baghdad has deployed its military and pro-government militias to secure Kurdish Peshmerga-controlled bases and federal installations in Kirkuk, urging them to “avoid confrontations” and “protect all civilians” in the multi-ethnic, oil-rich region.

Early Monday morning, Iraqi government troops supported by the People’s Mobilization Forces (PMF), a state-loyal umbrella organization composed of some 40 militias, have started advancing towards Peshmerga (military force of the autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan) frontlines from Taza, just south of the city of Kirkuk.