Intra-Kurdish tensions high amidst provocations and protests

Security forces affiliated with Kurdistan's ruling KDP party have deployed near several PKK-heavy areas, raising the prospect of more violent confrontations.
Intra-Kurdish tensions high amidst provocations and protests
A former IS group hideout occupied by fighters from several PKK-aligned militias west of Sinjar, Nov. 12, 2015. (PATRICK OSGOOD/Iraq Oil Report)

SULAIMANIYA - A volatile rivalry between two Kurdish factions, which burst into deadly fighting two weeks ago in Sinjar, continues to escalate with protests and provocative troop movements.

Forces aligned with the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) of Massoud Barzani, the acting president of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), have deployed to several areas in Erbil and Dohuk provinces, provoking demonstrations and creating friction with local residents.

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