Shia militias skirmish with presidential guards

Tensions rise in northern Salahaddin province after militiamen confiscated vehicles and weapons from Iraqi President Fuad Masum's Kurdish Peshmerga bodyguards.
Shia militiamen brandish their weapons in the town of Tuz Khurmatu on Aug. 31, 2014. (STRINGER/Reuters)

SULAIMANIYA - Shia militiamen clashed with a detachment of Iraqi President Fuad Masum's bodyguards Thursday in Salahaddin province, denying them passage and confiscating their weapons and vehicles.

The conflict threatens to further aggravate long-standing tensions between Shia militias and Kurdish security forces in the disputed territories of northern Iraq, which are subject to competing claims by Kurds, Arabs, Turkomen, and others. Armed Kurdish protesters have subsequently blocked roads and scuffled with militiamen in the area.

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