World Bulletin / News Desk
Security belts that the Kurdish Peshmerga have created along the southern edges of Tuz Khurmatu has prevented the militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) from bringing their fight to the Kurdish areas.
A Peshmerga officer in the area also told Rudaw that the ISIL have contacted them by courier, saying, “If you don't attack us, we would not attack you.”
According to information provided by the Peshmerga forces, rebels have asked for reassurance that they will not be attacked from the north, where taxi drivers pass via the ISIL checkpoint which is only half a kilometer away from the Kurdish forces.
Rudaw correspondent in Kirkuk, Hunar Ahmed, says that many families have fled the southern areas of the province to Kirkuk, fearing retaliation by the Iraqi army. Some families said that their areas are already under shelling from the Iraqi forces.
As government troops fled from their posts, the ISIL advanced through the city of Hawija west of Kirkuk.
Our correspondent says that the Peshmerga and the ISIL rebels engage in occasional clashes, and the fights are infrequent due to the heavy Peshmerga presence and security belt they have formed.Last Mod: 16 Haziran 2014, 12:46