ERBIL – Iranian-backed Hashd al-Shaabi militias have deployed two more squads to Kirkuk province to prevent the Kurds raise the Kurdish flag in the city during the upcoming Kurdish traditional events in March , said an official.
“The militiamen of Hashd al-Shaabi usually harass and mistreat the Kurdish citizens overnight, they sometimes arrest them,” KDP’s spokesperson to Kirkuk Adnan Karkuki told BasNews.
“The Iranian-backed militiamen of Hashd al-Shaabi have mobilized more forces to Kirkuk in order to prevent the Kurdish flag to be used in the Kurdish new year Nawroz day,” he added.
In October last year, the Iraqi army in coordination with the Iranian-backed Hashd al-Shaabi invaded the disputed areas in the Kurdistan Region. As a result, hundreds of civilians were killed and 200,000 were displaced.