We won’t allow PKK presence in Kirkuk: Iraqi ambassador
Hundreds of outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants have been active in Kirkuk but the central government is determined to clear Iraqi territory of foreign groups, Iraqi Ambassador to Turkey Hisham al-Alawi has said.

 “Obviously this is a concern to us and to the local population. Our government is keen to ensure that the Iraqi security forces control and exercise authority over the whole province. We don’t want any foreign troops, including the PKK, in Kirkuk or anywhere else,” al-Alawi told the Hurriyet Daily News. “Obviously this is a concern to us and to the local population.

Our government is keen to ensure that the Iraqi security forces control and exercise authority over the whole province. We don’t want any foreign troops, including the PKK, in Kirkuk or anywhere else,” al-Alawi told the daily.

The ambassador referred to a number of reports regarding the previous presence of PKK members in oil-rich Kirkuk province, which is subject to recent tension between the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and the central government.

 “PKK members try to display their presence in various ways. Some of them try to terrorize the local population,” al-Alawi said.

The envoy referred to some reports of clashes in the south of Kirkuk on late Oct. 15 between Iraqi security forces of the central government and Peshmerga units under the control of KRG Vice President Kosret Rasul Ali.

Reporter’s code: 50101

News Code: 17313  |  Date: 2017/10/18  |  Time: 14 : 17

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