Leader of Iraq’s Turkmen warns of Peshmerga return to Kirkuk

According to Mikrofonnews Agency (MHA), leader of Turkmen Front in Iraq has warned of a possible return of Peshmerga fighters backed by the United Nations to the oil-rich province of Kirkuk.

Arshad Salhi, leader of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan says the return of the fighters to Kirkuk will push the region to unnecessary problems.

“The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan has urged the United Nations to establish a joint operational center with the Iraqi forces to monitor the return of the Peshmerga fighters to Kirkuk. We, the Turkmens of Iraq warn all regional and international actors that entrance of Peshmerga fighters to the disputed areas will have serious consequences”, said Salihi in an interview with Anadolu Agency.

He said that security weakness in the area will empower terrorist groups like PKK and Daesh in the area. This will pose a great risk to the security of the Turkmens in the country, said Salihi.