Kurdish rivalries combust in deadly Sinjar battle

Proxy forces backed by Kurdistan's ruling KDP party and the PKK fought a four-hour battle Friday, foreshadowing a new phase of volatility for territory liberated from IS.
Kurdish rivalries combust in deadly Sinjar battle
A Yezidi fighter with a Peshmerga unit west of Sinjar, Nov. 12, 2015. (PATRICK OSGOOD/Iraq Oil Report)

SULAIMANIYA - A deadly battle broke out Friday morning between rival military forces in the Sinjar district of northern Iraq - a product of deteriorating relations between Kurdish factions.

The fighting foreshadows a new phase of volatility in Iraq among competing armed forces, which had temporarily put aside long-standing rivalries to fight a common enemy, the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS) militant group.

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