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Reports: Hashd al-Shaabi withdraws from disputed areas

By Rudaw 19/10/2017
Iraqi forces and the Shiite Hashd al-Shaabi moved into the disputed areas after a military operation on October 16, 2017. Photo:  AFP /Ahmad al-Rubaye
Iraqi forces and the Shiite Hashd al-Shaabi moved into the disputed areas after a military operation on October 16, 2017. Photo: AFP /Ahmad al-Rubaye
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Hashd al-Shaabi has withdrawn its forces from urban areas in a number of towns it has taken from the Kurdish Peshmerga since Monday.

There are local reports of the Hashd paramilitary units withdrawing from all disputed areas, including in Khanaqin, Shingal, and Jalawla.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi requested all armed forces leave the urban areas in Kirkuk except for the Iraqi army and the federal police. It is not clear whether the order was also extended to all of the other areas.

Kurdish Peshmerga have said they withdrew to all areas they controlled before the Mosul offensive in June 2014.

The Peshmerga lost control of the oil-rich Kirkuk on Monday after a coordinated attack by the Iraqi army and Hashd al-Shaabi.

Early on Thursday morning, people in Kurdish cities have come out celebrating the withdrawal of the Shiite forces, many waving the flag of Kurdistan.

 

 

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abdi | 19/10/2017
we need to take back kirkkuk
bain | 19/10/2017
Ok WTF is going on??? One day Peshmerga retreat the other Iraqi forces?? What kind of dirty deals are being made in closed rooms and who's making these deals?
Delshad | 19/10/2017
You are not reporting the news correctly! The Kurdish resident's of Khanaqeen Shengal and Jalawla ROSE UP against the Shia militas and foreign Iranian forces! The invading Shia forces fled like the cowards they are! Next is KIRKUK! In the 90's it was THE PEOPLE who rose up against Saddams forces NOT the Peshmerga of PUK and KDP. Shame on ALL the cowards calling themselves "Peshmerga" who obayd orders from their corrupt mafia families and abandoned all those Kurdistani areas without putting up a fight!
aArgushi, USA | 19/10/2017
Great news. kurds are brave. we urge ALL Kurdish parties to put a side their differences and UNITE. it is time to UNITE. IF Kurd UNITE no can hurt our people and disrespect our flag never again. LONG LIVE KURDISTAN....LONG LIVE SAROK BARZANI....LONG LIVE OUR BRAVE PESHMERGA
Mustafa | 19/10/2017
Come on my Brothers, it is time to Unite under kurdish banner, Kurds,Sunni Turkmen and Sunni Arabs against the terrorist Shia forces, this is our time my brothers, Time to defend our people,our homes,our life from the scum that tries to destroy it BIJI KURDISTAN!!
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