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Paramilitary troops deny attacking Peshmerga near Erbil

Peshmerga forces. File photo.


Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) The pro-government paramilitary troops have denied attacks against Kurdish troops near Erbil.

“If Al-Hashd al-Shaabi [Popular Mobilization Forces] wants to invade Erbil, it will. And Peshmerga cannot stop that,” Ali al-Husseini, PMFs spokesperson, told Baghdad Today on Tuesday. “Everyone is committed to instructions of the Supreme Commander of Armed Forces Haidar al-Abadi, with PMFs included.”

“These news are fabricated. They only seek tarnishing the PMFs reputation,” he said adding that levelling accusations target grabbing attention of the international community.

PMFs, according to Husseini, “will not launch any attacks in Makhmur.”

The Ministry of Peshmerga said earlier on the day that PMFs is not committed to any agreements on border lines.

Earlier on the day, Peshmerga reportedly repulsed PMFs attack against regions at Makhmur, southwest of Erbil.

Iraqi military denied earlier Tuesday news on confrontations between PMFs and the Peshmerga troops in al-Mahmoudiya village in Nineveh. This came after Peshmerga announced repulsed attack by the Shia-led paramilitary troops in the village.

A source from the Iraqi army’s elite Counter-Terrorism Service, told Alghad Press on Monday that army troops are getting ready to advance toward Faysh Khabur exit, between Iraq and Turkey, within the coming few hours. He added that the exit border was located within Mosul before 2003.


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