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Kurdistan

Shiite militia clashes with locals in Salahaddin town

By Rudaw 8/5/2015
Turkmen forces patrol a checkpoint in the northern city of Tuz Khurmatu. AFP file photo.
Turkmen forces patrol a checkpoint in the northern city of Tuz Khurmatu. AFP file photo.
TUZ KHURMATU, Salahaddin province - A clash between the Shiite militia Hashd al-Shaabi, or Popular Mobilization Units, and residents of the town of Tuz Khurmatu has left at least two civilians and one militia member injured, a security official told Rudaw.

“A Turkmen security official from the Iraqi army has tried to calm the situation. He held a meeting with representative from Kurdish protesters and Hashd al-Shaabi militias to work out the problems,” said Farouq Ahmed, a Tuz Khurmatu security official on Friday.

“Although the weapons and troops from both sides have yet to be withdrawn, but the situation has calmed down. We expect the tension to be over soon,” he  added.

The Hashd al-Shaabi, who rose up last year to battle ISIS in different parts of Iraq, entered the town of Tuz Khurmatu and sparked tensions by allegedly taking control of several vehicles from a local factory.  

Tuz Khurmatu is a disputed area in Salahaddin province with a mixed population of Turkmens, Kurds and Arabs. 

The city is believed to be the headquarters of Hashd al-Shaabi forces in the area.

Comments

 
bain | 8/5/2015
The Hashd al-Shaabi militias have overstayed their welcome in Tux Xurmato and elsewhere, I don't understand why they were allowed to set up camp there?, Tuz Xurmato was never in danger because Peshmerga were stationed there the whole time. When the town was under Peshmerga protection there were no ethnic or sectarian tension, as soon as the Shia militias arrived they started to target Sunnies, even Kurds and started looting.
Kurdistan Supporter | 8/5/2015
How have the Peshmerga let those terorist inside the city?? They go in only to shoot civilians, burn houses and steal everything they can. They are real barbarians! Now the Turkmen have a choice: Stay with Iraq, and have their houses burned down, their people deported, and a lot of shia arabs settling in their land, Or they can support and be part of Kurdistan! This way they will be respected, protected, and will be closer to Turkey. Send this militias away!!!
Mahdi | 8/5/2015
The war between Hashd al-Shaabi and residents of the town of Tuz Khurmatu has come to an end. A ceasefire has been announced.
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