Kurdish VP : Thousands of troops sent to Kirkuk to face "Iraqi threat"

Kurdish Peshmerga commander in Kirkuk Huseyin Yazdanpena

Kurdish Peshmerga commander in Kirkuk Huseyin Yazdanpena

Mr Hawrami urged the worldwide community to intervene and call on Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al Abadi to "order PMF to pull back if he can or if they listen to him".

Following this secessionist consultation in the Kurdish autonomous region, the Iraqi government demanded the delivery of airports, border posts and oil wells; the latter located in disputed areas, in particular Kirkuk.

The alert came after KRG authorities accused the Iraqi government of massing forces in readiness for an offensive to seize Kurdish-held oil fields around Kirkuk, as tensions soar after a vote for independence last month.

The surge in tensions comes two weeks after Kurdish voters overwhelmingly backed independence in a non-binding referendum that the federal government condemned as illegal. Earlier Baghdad dismissed the governor of Kirkuk and chose to deploy troops to the province.

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However, The Iraqi military command, in a statement, denied the Iraqi army was launching an operation to retake the city.

Abadi said on Thursday he would not use the army against the Kurdish region, and a military spokesman denied any attack on Kurdish forces was planned, saying government troops were preparing to oust Islamic State militants from an area near the Syrian border.

Kurdish policemen look on towards banners supporting the referendum for independence of Kurdistan in Erbil, Iraq September 24, 2017.

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim is expected to visit Baghdad on Sunday to meet with Abadi.

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Iraqi forces and Shi'ite Muslim paramilitaries, known as Popular Mobilisation, are deployed south and west of Kirkuk, in areas previously under the control of Islamic State.

Meanwhile, a Justice Ministry official from northern Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), denounced the Iraqi court's warrants as "politically motivated", stressing that Baghdad's judicial system has no jurisdiction in Kurdistan, which is allegedly ruled by its own legal body.

The area around al-Qaim, near the Syrian border, is the last part of Iraq still under the control of IS, which overran a third of the country in 2014 but has been driven back by a series of Iraqi military offensives with USA support.

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