BAGHDAD - In Iraq, the Kurdish Peshmerga forces have rejected a warning from the country's paramilitary force to withdraw from a strategic junction in south of Kirkuk.
Ex-Governor of Kirkuk Najmiddin Karim told reporters today after visiting Kurdish protestors on the streets of Kirkuk that people are supporting them and Peshmerga will not withdraw from the city.
The presidents of Iraq and Iraqi Kurdistan have also held talks to defuse an escalating crisis in Kirkuk.
Meanwhile, Commander of Foreign Operations for Iran's Revolutionary Guards, Major General Qassem Soleimani arrived in Iraq's Kurdistan region on Sunday to hold talks about the escalating crisis between the Kurdish authorities and the Iraqi government.
Iran also shut a main border crossing with northern Iraq's Kurdish region today amid tension over last month's illegitimate independence referendum.