First Published: 2008-09-27

Iraqi forces raid Kurdish peshmerga post

Member of Kurdish militia dies when Iraqi police raid peshmerga security post in troubled town of Jalawla.


Middle East Online

Tension is high between peshmerga and Iraqi forces

BAQUBA, Iraq - A member of the Kurdish peshmerga died when Iraqi police on Saturday raided a peshmerga security post in the troubled town of Jalawla, said Salah Koikha, spokesman for the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, a leading Kurdish political party.

An Iraqi security official speaking on condition of anonymity confirmed the incident, saying the troops targeted a cell of the peshmerga secret service known as Asayish.

Tension is high between Iraqi forces and peshmerga, who moved into the region to help a drive against insurgents in the Diyala province, of which Jalawla is a Kurdish enclave.

Peshmerga are former Kurdish guerrillas who fought against the ousted regime of Saddam Hussein and led a campaign for autonomy for the Iraqi Kurdish minority in northern parts of the country.


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