Increasing Tension in the Kurdish Region

The tension within the Kurdish region seems to be on the increase day by day as a report by Aljazeera.com has it that the leadership of the Kurds in northern Iraq has accused the federal government in Baghdad of continuing to mobilise security forces towards the borders of the country’s semi-autonomous Kurdish region.

This according to Al jazeera was conveyed by the Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC) on Monday after it issued a statement saying it was disturbed about the “dangerous deployment” of troops and allied militia within the Kurdish region.

“In the last 48 hours, Iraq has continued to deploy tanks and artillery, as well as American equipment, including Humvees and Armoured Personnel Carriers,” it said in a statement on Monday.

“Iraq has shown zero signs of de-escalating their military aggression against the people of Kurdistan Region,” said KRSC, urging Baghdad to stop the military buildup.

“We call on the Iraqi government to immediately cease its military aggression and withdraw from all territories.”

Remember, we brought you a report on the Kurdish Referendum, and a Kurdish affairs analyst and researcher at the Middle East Research Institute, Yerevan Saeed, while speaking to Al Jazeera said that “the Kurdish leadership is in a state of shock and disarray after they lost almost 45 percent of the territory that they had controlled since 2014. It is all about the repercussions and unintended consequences of the referendum, and the regional and international pressure on the leadership of the Kurdish Regional Government. The referendum was supposed to consolidate the legitimacy and also the position of the ruling Kurdish party, but obviously that backfired.”