Multiple dead in Kurd-Hashid fight in Tuz

Deadly fighting threatens to shatter a fragile alliance among fractious forces nominally united to protect key territory from the IS group.
Multiple dead in Kurd-Hashid fight in Tuz
Smoke rises during a firefight between al-Hashid al-Shabi forces and Peshmerga fighters in Tuz Khurmatu on Nov. 12, 2015. (ALI MUKARREM GARIP/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

TUZ KHURMATU - Deadly fighting broke out Thursday in the flashpoint town of Tuz Khurmatu between Kurdish security forces and al-Hashid al-Shabi militiamen, threatening to shatter a fragile alliance among fractious groups nominally united against the Islamic State (IS) organization.

In sustained battles, both sides have used small arms, and Hashid militiamen say they used rocket propelled grenades (RPGs) to attack Kurdish security forces guarding a hospital. Multiple people have been killed on all sides - Kurdish security personnel, Hashid militiamen, and civilians - though different security and government officials have given conflicting reports of the precise death toll.

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