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Iraqi Security Forces Arrest Three Suspects Looting And Burning Civilian Houses Around Kirkuk


On October 21, Iraqi security forces arrested three suspected who were looting and burning civilian houses around Kirkuk city. The suspects were allegedly pretending to be fighters of the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU).

Iraqi sources claimed that the three suspect are fighters of the Kurdish Peshmerga, a military force of the  Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). However, this still has to be confirmed.

The suspects reportedly used a mini truck with a Shiite banner on it to rob civilians and blame the crimes on the PMU.

Since the Iraqi Army and security forces started its operation to secure the disputed areas in northern Iraq, several Kurdish media outlets launched a fake news media campaign arguing that the PMU is leading the operation and committing multiple war crimes against Kurds and Sunnis. However, Iraqi officials denied on many occasions that the PMU is a leading part of the ongoing operation to restore control over the disputed areas.

The Kurdish media is likely promoting this to spark a sectarian crisis between Shia and Sunnis who support the Federal Government. However, so far these propaganda stunts have done no real damage to the public image of the PMU, the Iraqi Army and security forces.

In other cases, the Kurdish media, and even some KRG officials published fake news and photos to hide Peshmerga setbacks across northern Iraq.

On October 20, Hemin Hawrami a senior assistant to Kurdistan president Masoud Barzani published old photos of destroyed US-made M1 Abrams tank and other armored vehicles on Twitter.

Hawrami claimed that the photos show tanks and vehicles of the Iraqi Army that were destroyed by the Peshmerga during the clashes in Altun Kupri town near Erbil city. Even after Iraqi activists proved that the photos were old, Hawrami didn’t delete his tweet or apologize.

Iraqi Security Forces Arrest Three Suspects Looting And Burning Civilian Houses Around Kirkuk







In turn, these moves of Kurdish media outlets and some KRG officials will likely damage the public image of the KRG.



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  • Daniel

    The US is always behind fake news trying to blame others for things they didn’t do. Just look at HTS and their propaganda and 1000 bombed hospitals in Aleppo and all the chemical attacks.

  • Tiresia Branding

    snakes like their kippah-brothers

  • BL

    oy vey! You cattle goyim aren’t supposed to research what you see in (((the media)))

  • Eskandar Black

    Guys like this deserve the hammer until it stops moving.

  • Tom Tom

    Bafel Talabani blamed the losses on the decision of the Kurdish leadership to go ahead with a referendum on independence, calling it a “colossal mistake” saying a US proposal to postpone the referendum by two years should have been accepted and would have avoided the current situation, in which Iraqi federal forces have taken back control of areas controlled by Kurds since 2014.

  • Kawa Asinger

    “Kurdish Media”, right genius. How about the ones that actually reported that some of these “Kurdish” media were spreading fake news. But you conveniently forgot to mention those media outlets that are also Kurdish.

  • Jordan Katz

    In 2014 the Ukrainian govt’ made use of a similar tactic to blame Russian protestors for an act of violence. In that case the “provoking agents” caused 30+ people to lose their lives. Most of them burned to death. Still, few people know the true story behind the 2014 Odessa Massacre…

    • Bob

      Is my understanding from video footage that the Odessa victims were actually shot by armed Ukrainian’s already hiding in building and the the bodies were then burnt – dowsed with flammable liquid and set alight until charred. This was to hide the real cause of death – so that in Ukrainian ‘official inquiry’ the multiple deaths could simply be attributed to an alleged fire in the building without any consequences for perpetrators. Yet the bodies were scattered throughout the building, and from the videos of the event (with audible small arms fire) and afterwards there was no evidence of any large scale fire ravaging the building, rather the bodies were themselves the sites of numerous separate, isolated, very small fires.

  • Денис Черкасов

    Why do kurds like to lie so much?

    • Solomon Krupacek

      they learn from lavrov ;)

      you have nice ears :)

  • electron

    AMN reports that sdf has announced taking control of Omar oil field.

  • Lex

    For shame.Still, what do you expect from people who wanted an ethnic state like the serpent Zionist demon that is coiled around the heart of Jerusalem – holy city of the world. When only Bibi supports your racist state, you are on the devil’s side for sure.

    • Solomon Krupacek

      these are simply criminals. also the members of saa, hezbollah, irgc looted houses in aleppo. all sides use criminals.

  • Jagar Berwari

    I call that bull shit