Kurdish and Turkmen forces clash in Iraq

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October 14th, 2017 – Fort Russ News –

– Breakingnews.sy – – translated by Samer Hussein –

Sporadic clashes between the Kurdish Peshmerga and the Turkmen branch of the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) broke out in the town of Tuz Khurmatu in Salah Ad Din province, located south of Kirkuk, on Saturday.

The clashes, which reportedly broke out after one of the headquarters of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan Party (PUK) was targeted, resulted in a number of dead and wounded on both sides. 

The Peshmerga units responded to the source of the fire and succeeded in lifting the siege on the headquarters. 

Later, the Peshmerga units reinforced their presence inside Kirkuk and its surroundings. They are now gearing up in preparation for more fighting against the Turkmen PMU, while also maintaining security inside Kirkuk. 

According to official sources in the province of Salah Ad Din, violent clashes broke out Saturday in the center of the district of Tuz Khurmatu, after unidentified persons opened fire, adding that the police forces neutralized an explosive device planted near a mosque.

The sources pointed out that the clashes are continuing throughout the region, without giving any information on casualties. 

For its part, the PMU recounted the details of the events that took place last night in the area, saying they did not result in any casualties. 

“The Peshmerga Forces launched an overnight attack on Dah Dah Ghayeb mosque in the center of the district of Tuz, located 75 km southeast of Salah Ad Din”, said Ali Al Husseini, a PMU spokesman in the northern axis of Samarra, noting that the attackers of the mosque caused an outbreak of the clashes between the two sides, noting that his forces were later able to calm the situation in the area.

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