SULAIMANI – Iraqi forces including counter-terrorism units arrived in Tuz Khurmatu on Friday (January 12) to take control of the security situation, Iraq’s General Command said.
Iraqi General Command of Armed Forces said in a statement that counter-terrorism forces, rapid response forces and anti-violence forces arrived in the district of Tuz Khurmatu to launch an operation in the district.
The operation will cover the plains areas behind the district’s mountains reaching across the disputed areas to the border with Iran, the statement read.
Meanwhile, a joint process room led by the Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, who is also Commander-in-Chief of Armed Forces, was formed between the counter-terrorism forces and Hashid al-Shaabi.
Part of the forces will be stationed at Sleman Bag and Amirli until the arrival of the other forces, the statement added.
NRT also received footage showing military vehicles inside Tuz Khurmatu.
In mid-October, Iraqi forces along with Hashid al-Shaabi launched an operation to retake the disputed areas from the Kurdish forces in the wake of September 25th independence referendum.
Since then, a number of armed groups calling themselves ‘volunteers’ have emerged in the Tuz Khurmatu district. The groups said they would respond to any attack from the Iraqi forces.