BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:35 A.M.) – Iraqi troops have driven the Peshmerga from two large towns in eastern Iraq amid an ongoing offensive against forces loyal to the Barzani regime throughout the greater Kirkuk region.
Since this morning, Iraqi pro-government forces – led by the Iraqi Army and Popular Mobilization Units – chased Peshmerga fighters from the towns of Kifri and Tuz-Khormato located to the south of Kirkuk city where a large battle is currently ongoing.
According to sources, Barzani regime forces surrendered in great numbers to Iraqi federal police and Turkmen troops of the Popular Mobilization Units at Tuz-Khormato. The battle for the town raged for several hours before the Peshmerga were defeated.
This development is part of a rapidly escalating military confrontation between Iraqi pro-government forces and Barzani regime loyalists.