Prime Minister of Iraq Haider al-Abadi called for combined security forces to take control of the war-torn Kurdistan region at a press conference in Baghdad on Tuesday, declaring intentions to «protect all citizens and the Kurds». Al-Abadi called on «Kurdish Peshmerga forces to participate in the extension of security on the disputed areas», adding that claims of Iraqi forces killing Kurdish... Еще citizens are «false rumours». On Monday, Iraqi government forces and 'al-Hashd al-Sha'abi', also known as the Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF), entered the city of Kirkuk in Iraqi Kurdistan, reportedly seizing several neighbourhoods. Tensions between Baghdad and the Kurds have been brewing since Iraqi Kurds overwhelmingly voted for secession in a September 25 referendum that Baghdad rejected as illegal. Kurdish Peshmerga forces took control of oil-rich Kirkuk after the Iraqi army fled a major offensive by the Islamic State in 2014.