15 July 2018 - 10:05
Part of Iraqi forces leave Kirkuk

<p style="text-align:left">A number of Iraqi forces quit the oil-rich disputed Kurdish-majority province of Kirkuk in order to provide security in the northern and central cities where people are protesting poor services.</p>

<p style="text-align:left">Ahmed Askari, the chief of Kirkuk provincial council security committee, told Awine news base that after protests and demonstrations in central and southern cities the Iraqi government withdrew a part of security and military forces setteled in Kirkuk in order to control situation in the cities.<br /> He added that the withdrawal of the forces would create security vacuum in Kirkuk, warning about IS movements in Kirkuk.<br /> Askari severely lashed out at Kirkuk security and military forces for failing to provide ecurity of the province.<br /> The official had earlier, in an interview with Kudprss, called for return of Kurdish forces of Peshmerga to the province to provide its security.<br /> Peshmerga left the province after Iraqi forces took control of Kirkuk and other disputed region on October 16.<br /> Reporter's code:50101</p>

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