Soldiers of al-Hashd al-Shaabi.
Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) The Iraqi pro-government paramilitary troops has denied news on withdrawal from Nineveh province and handing over to the Kurdish Peshmerga force, an official said on Tuesday.
In remarks to Almaalomah website, Ali al-Husseini, spokesperson for al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) in the northern axis, said “there is an agreement between the Defense Ministry and PMFs on handing over the border military sites in Nineveh to army forces and withdrawing to the boundaries of the city.”
Husseini indicated that “what was circulated by media outlets over an agreement between Baghdad and Erbil on the return of Peshmerga and withdrawal of PMFs from the disputed regions is untrue.”
PMFs, according to Husseini, “are still deployed in the northern regions and disputed areas. What happened in Nineveh is just replacement of military sites between the mobilization forces and Irai army.”
Husseini accused “the separatists and Kurdistan Regional Government for igniting the strife as well as the security failure in the disputed regions through spreading false news.”
Media channels had circulated news on negotiations between several parties, especially Baghdad and Erbil over the return of Peshmerga to some regions in Kirkuk.
Hundreds of citizens in Mosul staged protest on Tuesday urging PMFs to stay in Nineveh, rejecting calls that they leave the province.