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 Kurdistan denies the occurrence of clash between Peshmerga and Iraqi army

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Kurdistan denies the occurrence of clash between Peshmerga and Iraqi army  19.12.2012  







 
Sheikh Jaafar Mustafa (R), The Minister of Peshmerga (Kurdish forces). Photo: Archive See Related Articles
December 19, 2012

ERBIL-Hewlęr, Kurdistan region 'Iraq',— A military source denied any move or fall of aircrafts in the disputed area between the Kurdish Peshmerga forces and the Iraqi army, after some of media circulated news of a plane crash in Tuz Khormatu district.

The site of the internal ministry of Kurdistan said in a statement that the disputed area between Peshmerga forces and the Iraqi army did not witness any military clashes between the two sides, the region has not witness the flight or fall of any kind of aircrafts over the past two days.

It is referred that some sources leaked information that a military plane crashed on Monday 17/12/2012, in Tuz Khormatu area without reference to the type of aircraft and the party that dropped it.

Other reports mentioned that the Peshmerga force fired shots at an Iraqi aircraft.

The site considered the news as a step of fueling the conflict between Baghdad and Erbil through "leaking false information."

Tuz Khurmatu, on November 16, 2012, witnessed fierce clashes between Kurdish Peshmerga forces and Iraqi Tigris (Dijla) Operations Command TOC troops,www.ekurd.net during which Two people were killed and 10 others wounded.

The Dijla Operations Command was introduced by the central government in June to be the main command of the security and police in Kirkuk, Diyala and Salahaddin – disputed territories that both Baghdad and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) lay claim to.

Iraq's Kurdistan region has sent reinforcements to a disputed area on November 24, 2012, where its troops are involved in a standoff with the Iraqi army, a senior Kurdish military official said, despite calls on both sides for dialogue to calm the situation.

While Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki stressed that "the movement of the Iraqi army must be free on every inch of the land of Iraq, and provinces or territory have no right to object", describing the movement of the Peshmerga in the disputed areas as "legal and a constitutional violation."

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