Mustafa AY – TDO – 16.10.2017 Following Barzani’s determined remarks like “deny Baghdad!”, this sort of agitating official statements by KRG fueled Baghdad insomuch that they commenced the expected military operation on Kirkuk for regretting KRG’ independence referendum. The operation was launched on Sunday night, once al-Abadi decree Iraqi Armed Forces to “impose security” on oil-rich city Kirkuk.
The first target of Iraqi Armed Forces is to retake K1 Military Air Base so that they can accelerate the process of war by supplying essential materials to the ground forces in the following days. The key to claim triumph over KRG in the region where they accept as ‘home’ is to provide Iraqi ground forces with steady air force and with constant materials through air transportation. That’s why, K1 Military Air Base is very considerable to begin with first.
The governor of Kirkuk, in the live stream of Kurdish Rudaw TV, called people of Kirkuk on streets to withstand against Hashbi Shabi’s advance. Governor’s call is meant more like to “protect themselves with arms”. However, Iraqi forces advance prompted public fear in Kirkuk because Shia Hashbi Shabi has no mercy to Sunni society in North and Northeastern Iraq. That’s why, Governor of Kirkuk pinpointed “protection against Hashbi Shabi in his statement on Rudaw TV.