Besieged town in disputed territories turns to Kurds for security

One year ago, Tuz Khurmatu was the site of a shootout between federal and Kurdish forces; now, racked by bombings, the town is asking the KRG to take over security.
A Kurdish flag appears on a mountain in the town of Tuz Khurmatu, in northern Iraq's Kirkuk province on December 27, 2012. (MARWAN IBRAHIM/AFP/Getty Images)

KIRKUK - Exhausted by relentless bombings and exasperated by the federal government's inability to provide security, Tuz Khurmatu, one of the most fractious towns in Iraq's disputed territories, has voted to come under the protection of Kurdish Peshmerga security forces.

Key Kurdish leaders indicated their intention to honor the request, despite the risk of raising tensions with authorities in Baghdad and Salahaddin province, who oppose the move.

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