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Kurdistan officials concerned about PKK, Iran and energy sector

High-ranking officials from the Kurdistan Region of Iraq have voiced concerns over the lack of effective collaboration from Baghdad and risks to security from the presence of the PKK.
PKK fighters guard a post bearing an image of jailed PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan.

ERBIL, Iraq — As clashes between state and non-state armed groups continue in disputed territories of Iraq, high-ranking officials in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) lament a continuing lack of attention in Baghdad to their concerns.

Multiple clashes have occurred in recent months in the Sinjar area currently under the Iraqi government between the Iraqi army and local groups allied with the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), heightening risks to stability in northern Iraq and the KRI.

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