The Iranian militias in Iraq and Syria (IMIS) have deployed their terrorists in Kirkuk governorate, immediately after Kurdistan had conducted the independence referendum in September, to carry out Iran's plot and recapture the oil-rich disputed governorate from Peshmerga forces.
Well-informed sources said that IMIS terrorists hastened to establish headquarters for them in Kirkuk and other disputed areas, exploiting the conditions of these areas since more than a month.
Up to 11 offices and premises affiliated to IMIS terrorists have been established in Kirkuk. These terrorists have taken over the civilians' houses and the Peshmerga forces' headquarters in the governorate.
Most offices, that has been opened recently, are affiliated to Shiite Badr Organization and Asa'ib Ahl al-Haq militia, sources said.
Sources added that IMIS terrorists massive deployment in the governorate raised the internal fights among them.
Expanding Iran's Influence in Iraq
The Shiite parties have also inaugurated premises for them in the governorate amid heightened security measures.
Meanwhile, Sheikh Ismail al-Hadidi, the member of Iraqi Arab gathering party, in Kirkuk has called the central government in Baghdad for preserving the security in Kirkuk and preventing any other forces or militias, concerning IMIS terrorists, from intervening in the internal security situation in the governorate.
Hadidi said that IMIS terrorists have committed the most heinous crimes against the innocent civilians in the governorate and the Federal police must work harder to strengthen the security in Kirkuk and maintain its stability.
Experts confirmed to The Baghdad Post that IMIS have forcibly recruited youth and fully controlled the governorate.
Experts also stressed that Kirkuk has been witnessing a state of violation, confirming that Kurds and Arabs will repel these terrorist militias. And IMIS terrorists will not find rest in Kirkuk.
IMIS terrorists are working to hasten Iran plots to carry out demographic changes in the Sunni areas, exploiting the deteriorating security situation in the Iraqi cities where battles against ISIS are going on.
This comes as the crisis in Kirkuk has escalated. Peshmerga forces have been fending off attacks launched by the Iraqi forces.
Tensions between the two sides over the future of Kurdistan have been high since the Kurds voted for independence in a September referendum.
The oil-rich Kirkuk Governorate has emerged as a flashpoint in the crisis as it is claimed by both sides.