On Wednesday, the Iraqi Army Joint Operations Command announced in an official statement that the Kurdish Peshmerga force didn’t withdraw from the Faysh Khabur border crossing area on the Syrian-Iraqi border as it had promised during the previous talks. The Peshmerga was also accused by the Joint Operation command of “conspiring” to kill Iraqi troops.
The Joint Operation Command added that the Peshmerga even used the ceasefire period to reinforce its positions in Faysh Khabur area, and to build defense lines there. Meanwhile, Iraqi sources reported that dozens of Syrian Kurds from the Rojava Peshmerga were deployed in the area.
In its official statement, the Joint Operations Command also announced that it ordered its force to deploy in Faysh Khabur area and on the Syrian border. The Iraqi Army units were given strict orders not to fire first at the Peshmerga, but to defend themselves if attacked.
“If the armed groups that’s linked to Eribel attempted to fire rockets and projectiles on the federal forces and kill its personals or scare the citizens, we will chase them with the power of the federal law and they will have no safe haven,” the Joint Operations Command said in its statement.
Iraq Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi also stressed that “the Iraqi Federal government is willing to captured the border” during an interview on the Iraqi Alsumaria news TV channel. Abadi added that the federal authorities are exclusively responsible for the Iraqi borders, according to article 110 of the Iraqi constitution.
The Kurdistan Region Government (KRG) could be planning to mimic the Israeli Army who used the 1948 ceasefire to reorganize and reinforce its troops before launching a successful attack against the Arabian armies. The Kurdish fascination with the raise of the Israeli state supports such theory. Hwever, the situation in Iraq looks completely different.
According to initial reports about the reached agreement, the Faysh Khabur area has to be jointly controlled by the army and the Peshmerga: