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Kurdistan

Peshmerga detain Shiite militia fighters for kidnapping

2/1/2015
Shiite militia fighters in Iraq.  AP photo.
Shiite militia fighters in Iraq. AP photo.

by Samie Zubair

KIRKUK, Kurdistan Region - Kurdish Peshmerga forces detained a group of Shiite militia fighters south of Kirkuk Thursday on suspicion of kidnapping, military officials told Rudaw on condition of anonymity.

A group of nine Shiite militants travelling with six captives, including two Kurds, was stopped at a Peshmerga checkpoint in the Kirkuk suburb of Dubz. They were arrested after the identities of the captives, who were reported missing in September, were established.

Tensions have been high between the Peshmerga and Shiite militias in the so-called disputed territories which were recently freed from Islamic State (ISIS), partly in joint operations. Shiite militia groups were originally deployed to the area to support the Iraqi and Kurdish fight against ISIS, but have remained in the volatile territories despite a retreat by the militants, Kurdish officials say.

In November, two convoys of Shiite paramilitary forces arrived in Kirkuk’s southern outskirts, as assaults intensified in the area against ISIS. Sources told Rudaw that the Al-Ahbab and Al-Nasr brigades have been stationed just 15 km south of the oil-rich city with heavy artillery and medium range missiles.

Kirkuk’s police chief told Rudaw that clashes between ISIS and Kurdish security forces in the outskirts of the city continue as the jihadists attack the city suburbs with mortars.

“They attack Peshmerga positions in the outskirts and the Peshmerga respond,” Police Major Sarhad Qadir told Rudaw, though describing the overall situation as calm.

Airstrikes targeting ISIS positions in the suburbs of Kirkuk resumed on Friday afternoon.

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Bye Militias | 2/1/2015
A group of nine Shiite militants travelling with six captives, including two Kurds, was stopped at a Peshmerga checkpoint in the Kirkuk suburb of Dubz. Reason to ask & force all Shiite Militias to leave any "so called" disputed areas now. These militias are civilians and have nothing to dispute, claim, demand or implement. Send them packing and if necessary with a couple of bullets into their ass. If that doesn't work fire heavy artillery a couple of times and direct a few airstrike their way. I am sure several European pilots will be happy to help send a message. believe it or not. Europe is completely on the Kurds & minorities side. The official politicians are just not advertising it yet. That will change after a couple more ISIS lunatics let loose in Europe. Its infamous European complacency till shit hits the fans of Europe. So ballistic & blow those Shiite militias back to their mismanaged Baghdad
Hersh | 2/1/2015
Finely, but to get rid of the problem the peshmerga must clear all these militias out of Kurdish territories. There have been dozens of reports of these shia militias kidnapping, torturing and killing civilians in the open, notice the lack of media coverage both domestic and international.
Lana | 2/1/2015
Those damn arabs!! Let's declare independence and kick all arabic forces out of kurdish territories! They all are against Kurds, shia and Sunni Arabs, both! LET'S FOCUS ON KURDISH INDEPENDENCE!! Biji peshmerga heroes! Shehide ma namirin!
Gerdi | 2/1/2015
This is the by-product of lawlessness and arming different groups, this is exactly why it's not a good idea to have dozens of militias in a country. The only recognized armed forces in the Iraqi constitution are the Iraqi police, Iraqi army and the Peshmerga, all other armed groups and militias must be dismantled immediately.
Nuts | 2/1/2015
Feed the militia to isis, let them rape each other.
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