Iraq War worst clashes between Iraqi Kurds and Turkmen Shiites

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KIRKUK, Iraq, April 24, (APP): Iraq War worst clashes between Iraqi Kurds and Turkmen Shiites.

 

Kurdish peshmerga forces and Turkmen Shiite paramilitaries were Sunday engaged in clashes that have killed nine people in a flashpoint town and closed the highway to Baghdad, officials said.

 

Tuz Khurmatu, part of a swathe of territory claimed by both Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region and Baghdad, has been divided between Turkmen and Kurds since fighting erupted between the two sides last year.

 

A peshmerga brigadier general and another fighter and two members of Turkmen forces were among the nine people killed, said Shallal Abdul Baban, the Kurdish official responsible for the area.