Former US ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad says Commander of Iran's Quds Force, Qassem Soleimani is currently in Iraq preparing for an imminent attack on Peshemrga forces, the Baghdad Post reported Thursday.
Khalilzad said the Iranian general, close to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, was holding secret talks with Iran-backed IMIS militias to invade Kirkuk.
The Quds Force, a major branch of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), has a long history of committing brutalities against Sunnis in Iraq and neighboring countries.
"It appears that the possibility of clashes between Iraqi forces and forces in the Kurdistan region is on the rise," he wrote on his Twitter account.
The US ambassador has called upon the Trump Administration to intervene to thwart any Iranian attack.
The expected attack comes in retaliation for the Kurdistan Region independence referendum that was held Sept. 5th and won an overwhelming YES.
Oil-rich Kirkuk was included in the referendum.