Iraqi War Report – October 16, 2017: Iraqi Army Pushes To Retake Kirkuk From Peshmerga

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Late on October 15, Iraqi government forces launched a military operation to take back the area of Kirkuk from the Peshmerga, the military force of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG).

According to Iraqi sources, the 9th Armoured Division, the Federal Police and Iraqi Special Operations Forces, widely known as the Golden Division, entered Kirkuk city, K1 Airbase and the Khaled military camp as well as some oil fields in the city’s countryside.

The Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC) released a statement saying that the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) are involved in the operation. The KRSC also claimed that the Peshmerga destroyed at least 5 Humvees belonging to the PMU.

On October 16, Lieutenant Colonel Salah el-Kinani, of the 9th Armoured Division, told Reuters that the objective of the army advance is to take control of the K1 Airbase.

Pro-Kurdish sources denied any gains by the government forces.

Earlier, the KRG-linked media claimed that PMU units deployed near Kirkuk are embedded with the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). Last Friday, the US designated the IRGC a terrorist group. So, KRG authorities may seek to gain more support from the US with these claims.

Formally, the multi-ethnic city of Kirkuk and its oil-rich countryside are not a part of the Kurdish autonomous region. However, KRG forces seized it in 2014 when Iraqi forces were facing setbacks in the war again ISIS. Now, the KRG clearly aims to include the area in a Kurdish state that it is seeking to proclaim using the September 25 independence referendum as a pretext.

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  • MD Ranix

    to retake what belongs to iraq legally is inevitable .. go iraqi led coalition … God bless and God speed
    https://www.purestream-media.com/portfolio/public-mobilization-force-iraq-sayyid-hashim-al-haidari-arabic-sub-english/

    • matt

      this is just another proof god does not exist

      • Solomon Krupacek

        u r right. and therefore there is no help for kurds

  • Kennethllindsy

    This fiasco may destroy the current PUK structure as will also affect the KRG overall.
    Also, It is likely that Kurds will mount a counterattack to retake Kirkuk from Iraqi invaders.
    @jenanmoussa was trapped in Kirkuk and reported that Kurds are very angry about the invasion.

    • Barba_Papa

      Kirkuk is in Iraq. How can the Iraqis invade their own country? Even if its part of the KRG, even that entity is still part of Iraq.

      • Kennethllindsy

        OK. Anytime you have to send in hundreds of tanks and thousands of troops to fight the locals of a city or region, it is definitely an invasion.
        What you are really asking then, is that invasion “lawful?”
        Maybe, maybe not.
        But it is definitely a Public Relations Disaster of Greatest Magnitude.
        The referendum dust up was caused by Barzani, but Kirkuk was controlled by the PUK which was a different party, more friendly to Abadi & Iran than Barzani.
        So net effect is bad for PUK & Abadi & Iran.

        • Solomon Krupacek

          so, little yankee, lincoln made invasion?

          • Kennethllindsy

            Obviously, that’s why is known as the “War of Northern Agression,” in the USA.

          • Solomon Krupacek

            i never learned such name. maybe some white trash ornagizationns call it so.

          • Virgil Cane

            no that’s what every southern soldier called it at the time of the war.

        • Jonathan Cohen

          ABORTION RIGHTS FOR KIRKUK!!!!

          • dontlietome

            Mmmm, shame your mom didn’t take advantage………………… dickwad.

      • matt

        still now, but it won’t stay like that. borders change on this planet and the borders of iraq, made by europe will change in the end..

        • Solomon Krupacek

          kurds will be eliminated, if will jump too high

          • matt

            so you are in favour of a 30 million people genocide? nice one solo!

          • Solomon Krupacek

            only high jumpers. this is several thousand.

          • Ronald

            Four nations , Turkey , Syria , Iran and Iraq will be thrown into civil wars if this Kurdish nation fantasy is attempted . It will be stopped or millions will die .

          • matt

            Those nations could mayebe start giving their minorities EQUAL rights?

          • Solomon Krupacek

            in iraq kurds have autonomy.

          • matt

            But, that might not be enough, if baghdad wants most of the oil money

          • Ronald

            Both in Iraq and in Syria the Kurdish have been granted a fair amount of autonomy . That is not to forget that the national government has the only power to make or break treaties with outside foreign powers , control borders , keep the peace between different provinces , etc .
            Equal Rights , Democracy , sounds like the dream to strive for , but don’t die for . Those words are “Fighting Words” as everyone has a different definition of what is equal .
            While I love Kurds , I hate that they are too blind to see that the US is just using them just as they used the Wahhabi’s , ISIS and Al Qaeda , break and destroy .

          • matt

            Huh? Autonomy in Syria?? They created it themselves! Daddy assad was very bad with the kurds and son isn’t much diferent…
            And who are you to decide what a fair amount is? (For iraq that is)

          • Ronald

            You wish to blame the Iraqi and Syrian governments for the American wars against them . America is at least ten times larger and more powerful than both of them . As you know Iraq fell to Bush , dismissed the Sunni army and turned it loose against both nations as ISIS , camped on the oil fields and a few people got rich . This army was well trained by eight years of war with Iran .
            Daddy Assad had the Muslim Brotherhood to deal with , and yes he was tough .His son however tried to re-balance with the Kurds , he is very different .
            I will not decide what is fair , except for me , suggest likewise for you , getting killed in some silly war is not fair for your daughter or you .

          • matt

            No, i do not wish to blame them! But i think the people in the ME deserve better goverments. The usa just make things worse, i do not expect anything good from them.

          • matt

            Yeah, the national governments of Iraq and Syria did a wonderfull job there, controling the borders and keeping the peace….

        • Barba_Papa

          Borders always change and countries disappear, as new ones appear. Who still remembers the Habsburg Empire? The Ottoman Empire? The Byzantine Empire? The Mongol Empire? They all used to be major players at some point and now they’ve disappeared on the dustbin of history. That’s the nature of things.

          That being said, Iraq has not been dissolved yet and the Kurds still don’t have a state. And history is also full of examples of peoples who tried to create their own nation. And failed.

          • matt

            And mayebe they will fail, sure do possible

          • Barba_Papa

            That is a possibility. It is however in no one’s interest but the Kurds, and Israel, to see the current borders redrawn. Since they are in an isolated landlocked position surrounded on all sides by hostile neighbors, who all have superior firepower, chances are this attempt at creating a Kurdish state will fail.

  • Wahid Algiers

    The internet is full of reports that the great kurdish fighters are running. They leave own injured comrades back who are now treated by the Iraqi paramedics. Big kurdish mouths. It seems that the Iraqi army, PMU and spec ops are only interested in key locations and not in a war with the kurdish girlies.

    • jack

      PUK betrayed the Kurds and let the PMU in.

  • robert wa

    If the kurds get there way the land will become an extension of America, that can never be good for peace

    • matt

      this wil not create peace either

  • FlorianGeyer

    It is high time, especially with all the evidence of illegal wars and coups that the US Military was declared a Terrorist Group.

  • Gabriel Hollows

    Ah, kurdroaches getting BTFO. What a lovely day!

    • matt

      another stupid racist comment

      • Solomon Krupacek

        no racist. maybe nationalist

        • matt

          uhh, so kurds can not be nationalist? who are you to decide wich group can be nationalist?

          • Solomon Krupacek

            can be. but if will split country, must die.

  • General Surena

    2 days ago GHASEM SOLEİMANİ was in ıraq. . and kerkük fell because he wants.
    kurds and usa will be the BİGGEST LOSERS here.. wait for it.

    • matt

      just because this evil general wanted it….hmm
      we wil see about that

      • General Surena

        you are watching but cant see…..