On October 11, the Kurdistan Region Security Council said that Iraqi government forces are preparing to launch an attack on an area controlled by the Kurdistan Region.
The Kurdistan Region Security Council said that Iraqi security forces and the Poplar Mobilization Units (PMU) are planning to attack the Kurdish Peshmerga forces north of Mosul city and south of Kirkuk city.
The Kurdistan Region Security Council statement are very questionable, because Kirkuk and Mosul cites are Arabian cities, and are not a part of the Kurdistan Region.
We’re receiving dangerous msgs Iraqi forces, incl PMU & Fed Pol, are preparing major attack in South/West Kirkuk & North Mosul on Kurdistan.
— KR Security Council (@KRSCPress) 11 October 2017
Moreover, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) said in an official statement that Iraq Prime Minister Haider Abadi will be responsible for “any disputes or violence which may erupt in disputed areas.”
The KRG also claimed that Abadi threatened many times before to use military force against the Kurdistan Region. However, in reality Abadi called Peshmerga forces during his weekly address on October 10 to avoid any conflict with government forces in the disputed areas. Abadi also stressed that the security in the disputed areas is within the authorities of the Iraqi Federal Government.
From its side, Iraqi officials denied that the PMU or the Iraqi security forces are planning to launch any attack against Peshmerga units in Kirkuk city, according to the Saudi Al Arabiya news TV channel.
The KRG claims are likely a propaganda stunt to pressure the Iraqi Federal Government to keep it away from Kirkuk city.