Battles erupt in Tuz Khurmatu as KRG-Baghdad crisis escalates

Following provocative federal troop movements on the southern outskirts of Kirkuk, Peshmerga-Hashid fighting has broken out in another part of Iraq's disputed territories.
Battles erupt in Tuz Khurmatu as KRG-Baghdad crisis escalates
Peshmerga reinforcements arrive in Kirkuk on Oct. 13, 2017. (KAMARAN AL-NAJAR/Iraq Oil Report)

Kurdish Peshmerga forces and paramilitaries operating under the federal government's al-Hashid al-Shabi (Popular Mobilization) program are battling each other in the disputed town of Tuz Khurmatu, as Iraq edges closer to a new precipice of ethnic violence.

"Hashid and Peshmerga are exchanging fire, using light weapons and rocket-propelled grenades," said Mohammed Fayaq, spokesman for the Tuz Khurmatu mayor. "It's not a conventional urban war, but there has been shooting since about 8 o'clock this evening."

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