Iraqi Kurdistan sticks to a peaceful resolution of the current confrontation with Baghdad.

Iraqi Kurdistan’s authorities have called on Baghdad to withdraw the troops deployed to Kurdish territories and begin talks to peacefully settle the crisis.

“We call on the Iraqi Government to immediately cease its military aggression and withdraw from all territories. As the political leadership of the Kurdistan Region has said time and again, Iraq must commit to unconditional talks to settle political disputes through peaceful means,” a statement released by the Kurdistan Region Security Council read.

Over the past 48 hours, Baghdad has continued to deploy its military equipment, including tanks and artillery, “as well as American equipment, including Humvees and Armored Personnel Carriers,” according to the statement.

The Kurdistan Council further claimed that “Iraq has shown zero sign of de-escalating their military aggression against the people of Kurdistan Region.”

The tensions between Baghdad and Erbil have intensified after the September 25 independence referendum held by the region, seeking secession from Iraq despite strong opposition from the latter.

The vote triggered a military operation by Iraqi forces, aimed to gain control over the disputed territories, including those of Kirkuk, an oil-rich region, which followed the Iraqi Kurdistan’s decision to strive for separation.

Later in the week, the Kurdish Peshmerga Ministry reported of Iraqi forces advance toward the Syrian border through the Diyala province and in the area of the Mosul Dam. The ministry claimed Peshmerga troops located in these regions were not clashing with the Iraqi forces to avoid possible confrontation.

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During the course of Baghdad’s operation, the United States has urged Baghdad to reduce the movement of government troops in northern Iraq to prevent further conflicts with Kurdish forces.

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dank fur kopf

The areas were only disputed because the Kurds attempted to use the war against Islamic State as a pretext for massive land and resource grabs.

Now that the Kurds have returned the disputed regions back to their pre-war status, there’s no longer a dispute. Just teary-eyed Kurds whose regional ambitions were greater than their courage.

Oh no. And the Iraqis used American weapons. How dare they! Everyone in the middle-east is using American weapons, because America is arming everyone. Islamic State rides around in Humvees too.

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Terence Silvestre Jr.

Very good comment, my friend. You’re totally right. Very good analysis.

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So far so good. Good day. But nobody talks about the land and resources stolen by the Barzani gang of criminals back in the 90th when the so called coalition split Iraq in two? There are no Kurds, in a sense, and therefore no Kurdistan. In both countries, Iraq and Syria, are living countless different ethnics and religions. None of them are interested to steal or split except the non existing “Kurds”. Personal I predicted the Armageddon of the so called “Kurds” since many years and it will come. Well deserved, because of their action since back in the 80th… Read more »

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Islamic state is a creation by Iraqi Sunnis, Kurds fought for Kirkuk when the Iraqi ISIS were butchering the shiites in the city. Today iraq army is Shiite militia, who never entered hundred miles outside Kirkuk in history. On what basis, does the Iraqi army have any right over a territory it was never interested to defend?

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Who do they have to blame for this? The fools that are listening to Israel and their promises. Do the Kurds really think that Israel is going to support them in a confrontation with Baghdad? They think that the Iraqis are going to leave their own land and give it up to the backstabbing opportunists? What kind of BS is Israel feeding them? How can they be so stupid as to fall for the western and Israeli promises…again? Some people never learn and are destined to go down in flames. They were warned by every nation in the area, even… Read more »