World Bulletin / News Desk
A leader of the Kurdish Peshmerga forces fighting against a militant onslaught in northern Iraq has accused the Iraqi army of "treachery."
Mohammed Sankkawi said that Peshmerga forces in the Carmean region of northern Iraq were fired upon from their rear by the Iraqi forces during an operation on Monday to assist those same Iraqi forces in securing their positions. He said they were attacked with "mortar shells and helicopters, yet we received orders not to respond on their attack."
Sankkawi said they are waiting a clarification from Iraq's central government.
Sankkawi told Anadolu Agency that Kurdish forces were attacking rebels from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, known as ISIL, pointing out that “many areas must be restored until the top of the Hermine mountains, which form the borders of northern Iraqi government with the central government."
Meanwhile, Peshmerga forces are stationed in an Iraqi army military base in the area of "Koubra" in Diyala province, which has become a dividing line between Peshmergas and ISIL militants, who have seized the town of Saadia in Jalaula city - 12 kilometers from Koubra - witnessing clashes between Peshmergas and ISIL.
ISIL, which already had control of parts of Syria, has extended its reach into Iraq since June 10, when it seized Iraq's second-largest city Mosul and soon afterwards took near-complete control of the northern Iraqi city of Tikrit.
The group seized large swathes of western Iraq’s Anbar Province in January, including much of Fallujah and parts of Ramadi, flashpoints of the US-led war in 2003.
Iraqi army cracks down on ISIL fighters in Diyala
Scores of militants linked to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have been killed in an air assault launched by Iraqi Air Force in the eastern province of Diyala, security official said on Monday.
Sadiq al-Husayni, chairman of the provincial assembly's security committee, told Anadolu Agency that there were violent fighting between ISIL fighters and security forces supported by local tribes in Halis district.
Halis District Governor Adi al-Hudran said that no security personnel was killed in the clashes in the district, adding that they requested reinforcement forces and military supplies from Baghdad.
Meanwhile, Ferhan Fetihan, district governor of the border town of Al Qaim, said that the security forces retained control of Ramane and Kerable regions after clashes with ISIL.
11 people including seven ISIL fighters were killed and 30 others were wounded during the clashes, Fetihan said.
Former lawmaker Abbas al-Bayati denied allegations that ISIL-led militants took complete control of northwestern Iraqi district Tal Afar, saying, "Tal Afar has been resisting since last night. ISIL could not take it completely."
Iraqi Turkmen Front MP Aydin Maruf told AA that ISIL forces took Operational Forces Commander General Abu Velid and Mosul's security chief Vasiq Hamdani captive during the clashes in Tel Afar. However, Iraqi Defence Ministry denied the claim that Velid was captured by the ISIL.
Iraqi government cuts off power in Mosul
Iraqi government is imposing a "collective punishment" on the northern province of Nineveh by intentionally cutting off electricity and water in Mosul and surrounding regions, an official from Nineveh's electricity administration said on Monday.
Kamal Hamid claimed that there was no malfunctioning in the main provincial power station's electricity generators.
"The Iraqi government, which pretends that there is malfunctioning in the station, is imposing a collective punishment on the city of Mosul and the whole province by cutting electricity since Sunday morning," Hamid told Anadolu Agency.
He said that the power outage also led to a water cut in the province.Last Mod: 17 Haziran 2014, 09:53