The federal police and Iraqi counter-terrorism forces have withdrawn from Kirkuk province, said a Kurdish official on Monday.
Adnan Karkuki, a Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) to Kirkuk, told BasNews that the reason behind the move might be the recent tensions in Baghdad as the Socialist Party was attacked a few days ago.
He explained that the national army and the Iranian-backed militias of Hashd al-Shaabi are still present in the city.
Concerning whether the KDP would return to the province, Karkuki noted that the Kurdish party will not go back to the city unless they can preserve the rights of the Kurdish people in the area.
In October, last year, Iraqi forces entered Kirkuk, Khanaqin, and Tuz Khurmatu in a military incursion and forced the Peshmerga to withdraw from the disputed territories.