[A-List] ...and in Iraq... Remember Iraq? Kurds report Iraqi army moving north (to Kirkuk)
the.buffalo.in.the.midst at gmail.com
Fri Jan 23 12:32:38 MST 2009
Keeping in mind (un)Civil War, and these three items:
Nagl's article in World Policy Journal, he has already indicated that
Iraq will likely request for advisers to stay on past the end of the
...leaving thousands of troops redesignated as advisors in Iraq even
after the 2011 deadline. See:
Thomas Ricks (ex-WaPo, now FP magazine) estimates about 35,000.
UPI Emerging Threats
Kurds report Iraqi army moving north
ERBIL, Iraq, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- The Iraqi army is allegedly on the verge
of deploying to Kurdish territories with the aim of controlling the
disputed city of Kirkuk, Kurdish reports say.
Kurdish media outlets report the 12th Division of the Iraqi army issued
a request to the Ministry of Defense for greater movement in the Kurdish
territories. Sources to the Kurdish newspaper Aso said military
officials are hoping to establish checkpoints in Kirkuk to control
movement in and out of the city.
Iraq holds provincial elections Jan. 31 in 14 of its 18 provinces. The
vote in the three Kurdish provinces and Kirkuk is delayed amid
Military commanders with the Kurdish Peshmerga force complained of the
allegations, saying they are wary of such troop activity on the part of
Baghdad, the Kurdish Globe reported.
"The movement of the division is not normal and it is a planned agenda;
therefore, the Kurdish leadership looks suspiciously at that movement,"
said Peshmerga leader Mustafa Chawrash.
Conflict between Kurdish and Iraqi forces reached a boiling point in
August as Iraqi troops tried to enter the disputed city of Khanaqin in
the Iraqi province of Diyala. Both forces stood down, however, leaving
control of the city to local officials.
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