27 April 2013, 16:05

Kurdish forces 'deploy near disputed Iraq city'

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Kurdish security forces deployed near the disputed north Iraq city of Kirkuk, a top Kurdish official said Saturday, a move allegedly aimed at combating militants, as a wave of violence killed more than 200 people.

"After consultations with the governor of Kirkuk, there has been a decision for pershmerga (security) forces to fill the vacuums in general, and especially around the city of Kirkuk," Jabbar Yawar, secretary general of Iraqi Kurdistan's peshmerga ministry, said in a statement.

Iraq anti-Qaeda chief threatens war on militants - TV

The head of the Sahwa anti-Qaeda militia in Iraq has threatened war on militants if they do not turn over those who have killed Iraqi soldiers, state television reported on Saturday.

If those responsible are not handed over, "the Sahwa will take the requested procedures and do what it did in 2006," Sheikh Wissam al-Hardan was quoted as saying.

In 2006, Sahwa militiamen fought pitched battles against Sunni militants, helping turn the tide of the Iraq war.

Iraq: Attacks kill 10 security forces members

Gunmen killed five army intelligence soldiers west of Baghdad and five Sahwa anti-Qaeda militiamen in north of the Iraqi capital on Saturday, police and doctors said.

The attacks come amid a wave of violence in which more than 200 people have died in five days.

200 dead in Iraq clashes

In Iraq, thousands of people gathered on Friday on city squares in the Sunni-populated provinces of al-Anbar and Salah ed-Dinh for a joint prayer and protest against the government’s order to break up a rally in the village of El-Khuveidja which left more than 50 people dead.

The biggest demonstration was in the city of ar-Ramadi where the protesters demanded punishment for the culprits, above all Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

Nearly 200 people have died in clashes with police and soldiers since the start on Tuesday of large-scale antigovernment protests by Sunnis.

Voice of Russia, AFP, RIA

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