Iraq Kurd fight­ers block roads to Mo­sul

The Hitavada - - 2ND FRONTPAGE -

KUR­DISH pesh­merga forces on Thurs­day blocked roads from Iraqi Kur­dis­tan to the coun­try’s sec­ond city Mo­sul in re­sponse to Iraqi troop move­ments, a se­nior Kur­dish mil­i­tary of­fi­cial has said.

“The two main roads con­nect­ing Ar­bil and Do­huk to Mo­sul were cut off on Thurs­day with sand em­bank­ments as a pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sure af­ter we de­tected an in­crease in de­ploy­ments and move­ments of Iraqi forces near the front line with the pesh­merga,” he said.

The move came af­ter Kur­dish au­thor­i­ties said late on Wed­nes­day they feared Iraqi govern­ment forces and al­lied para­mil­i­tary units were pre­par­ing to launch an as­sault on the au­ton­o­mous north­ern re­gion.

“We’re re­ceiv­ing dan­ger­ous mes­sages that the Hashed alShaabi (para­mil­i­tary forces) and fed­eral po­lice are pre­par­ing a ma­jor at­tack from the south­west of Kirkuk and north of Mo­sul against Kur­dis­tan,” the Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Govern­ment’s Se­cu­rity Coun­cil said.

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