According to reports, two brigades of the Iraqi army have been deployed into territory controlled by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). They were moving towards the Syrian border when they were stopped from reaching the village of Cairo by Kurdish Peshmerga forces.
The brigades, 37 and 38, belong to section 10 of the Iraq army. In a statement Peshmerga leader Anwar Haji Osman said these forces had entered Kurdish territory without any prior warning.
This demonstrates that the current Iraqi army, now under Iraqi prime minister Maliki’s control, has really not progressed from its Saddamist past. This mini-invasion is a step by the Baghdad government towards taking control of the Syrian and Turkish borders.
“We have the authority to attack the Iraqi army if they advance any further”, Osman said.