The Kurdistan Regional Government is preparing to opress any resistance to a upcoming indepeence referendum in Iraqi Kurdistan Region with force.
On September 12, the Kurdish Peshmerga deployed two brigades in Kirkuk city and in Tuz Khurmatu town south of Kirkuk city, according to Iraqi sources.
Kirkuk city is an Arabic-Kurdish-Turkmen city, while Tuz Khurmatu town is purely Shiite Turkmen town.
The Peshmerga deployment came ahead of the Kurdistan Region independence referendum that will take place on September 25.
Mohamad al-Byate, a Turkmen commander of the Iraqi Badr Organization, called the Iraqi government to “bear its responsibility in front of the Iraqi citizen or submit its resignation” on the light of the Peshmerga deployment.
“These forces didn’t come for the referendum, they came to persecute Arabs and Turkmen and to impose the referendum by the force of weapons, tanks and armors,” al-Byate said in an official statement.
On September 11, the Iraqi Parliament voted against recognition of the upcoming referendum making it illegal, according to the Iraqi constitution.
Furthermore, on September 12, the USA and the Arab League joined the Iraqi government, Iran, Turkey and Syria in opposing the upcoming referendum.
Meanwhile, Iraqi sources announced that representatives of Kurdistan Region will visit the Iraqi capital Baghdad next weeks to discuss some unsolved disagreements with the Iraqi government. According to the sources, if these disagreements are solved, the Kurdistan Region might cancel the referendum.
Peshmerga reinforcements are en route to Kirkuk: