The US-led coalition has rejected claims of the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) that Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and Iranian-backed factions of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) played a key role in the Iraqi government operation in Kirkuk province.
A coalition spokesman, US Army Col. Ryan Dillon, said that directly denied claims of the KRG and the KRG-linked media aruging that the IRGC and the PMU played a key role allowing the Federal Government to take back Kirkuk city,
“From our official reporting from our elements that participating and have re-established security in and around the Kirkuk area, those are Iraqi security force elements like the Counter-Terrorism Service, the Federal Police, and we do not have reports of PMF units or the types of units you had mentioned that we have received,” the spokesman said in response to a question from Rudaw’s Pentagon correspondent Rebaz Ali.
Dillon added that the developments in Kirkuk area were “supposed to be a coordinated movement.” The spokesman emphasized that the Peshmerga just handed over the areas to Iraqi forces.
Thus, the US-led coalition once again showed that it is not going to support the KRG agenda in Iraq. The coalition is not even ready to provide the KRG a media assistance confirming its claims about the “Iranian agression” against the Kurdish nation.
Earlier on October 17, the Peshmerga General Command released a statement claiming that the PMU and the IRG attacked it in Kirkuk and surrounding areas. The statement claimed that it’s “a clear declaration of war against the people of Kurdistan” and added that the Iraqi government “will pay a heavy price for the crimes.”