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Led Military Coalition Announce Iraq-Kurdish Ceasefire

Led Military Coalition Announce Iraq-Kurdish Ceasefire”

Clashes broke out between Baghdad-led forces and Kurdish fighters known as the Peshmerga earlier this month when Iraq's military retook the oil-rich city of Kirkuk.

Haider al-Abadi's office released the comments as he met with Iran's supreme leader and other officials in Tehran.

"Wahid Bakuzi, a leading member of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) in the Sinjar district, was killed in an artillery exchange between Iraqi forces and Kurdish Peshmerga in the Zammar district of Nineveh province", Peshmerga Lieutenant Mohieddin Fakher Zankana told Anadolu Agency.

More than 90 per cent voted in favour of independence from Iraq in last month's non-binding referendum, which Kurdish leaders had billed as an opening bid in negotiations with Baghdad over expanded autonomy.

For the past few years, Canadian Special Forces have provided various military support to the Kurdish and Iraqi forces as part of the fight against the Islamic State (IS) in the country.

But Iraqi forces have over the past two weeks recaptured all of the disputed lands, much of it without Kurdish resistance.

The KRG said it would propose to the federal government "the freezing of the results of the referendum and the start of an open dialogue" on the basis of the constitution.

The Kurdistan Region Security Council condemned the "unprovoked, four-pronged assault" by Iraqi army und Popular Mobilisation units, who it said were using US-made weapons and vehicles intended for the campaign against IS. "Move ahead and victory is your ally". He said the clashes caused no casualties. But the top USA general in Iraq warned this week that the battle against the extremists is not yet over, and said the dispute with the Kurds has diverted precious resources.

The U.S. -led coalition said it launched 15 strikes on IS targets in the Al-Qaim area and in the town of Albu Kamal on the Syrian side of the border. Daesh is the Arabic acronym for IS, which still holds territory straddling Iraq's western border with Syria.

The coalition said Iraqi and Kurdish troop movements and skirmishes stretched its intelligence and surveillance assets.

The differences have also added to insecurity, fragmentation and difficulties, bringing about new waves of displacements, this time mostly of Kurds.

The Kurdish offer came after Mr Abadi ordered the Iraqi military to retake disputed territory held by the Kurds.



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