Kurdish militia not to allow Iraqi army to enter Kirkuk

TEHRAN, Sep. 27 (MNA) – Kurdish militia of the Iraqi province of Kirkuk will not allow the country’s army to enter, its governor told on Wednesday.

“There is no need in the deployment of the armed forces, we will not allow the army to enter,” Najmiddin Karim said, reported Sputnik.

Moreover, on Wednesday, the Iraqi parliament instructed  the government to return oil fields in regions disputed with the Kurds to Baghdad’s control.

“The government needs to return northern fields in Kirkuk and disputed regions under surveillance and control of the federal oil ministry,” the parliament’s document reads.

Earlier in the day, the Iraqi parliament ruled to give mandate to Prime Minister Haider Abadi to deploy the armed forces into the disputed region of Kirkuk.

"The supreme commander of the armed forces shall take all constitutional and legal measures to protect Iraq’s unity and protect its citizens, to issue an order to the security forces to return and settle in all disputed areas, including Kirkuk," the parliament’s document reads.

The illegal referendum was held on Monday in Iraqi Kurdistan region and disputed regions.

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