The Insight team will provide special coverage on the current stand-off between the Kurdish Peshmerga forces and the federal Army, as highlighted in the following reports:
- The Kurdistan Region has dispatched another military force backed by heavy weaponry to the neighbouring disputed Kirkuk region as its standoff with Baghdad continues. The new force was sent from the regional capital of Erbil on Saturday, 24 November, and is reportedly headed by Sidad Barzani, Kurdistan Region President Massoud Barzani’s brother, privately owned NRT TV reported.
- Massoud Barzani has declined an offer by Shite leader Muqtada al-Sadr to meet PM Al-Maliki in the city of Najaf.
- Shiite leader Moqtada al-Sadr has invited Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and Kurdistan Region President Massoud Barzani to attend a luncheon in the Shiite holy city of Najaf to “contain tensions”
- Prime Minister Al-Maliki Tuesday, 20 November agrees during a meeting of his cabinet to a proposal to form a joint Army-Peshmerga command in the disputed areas; deputy Prime Minister Rozh Nouri Shaways (a leader in Massoud Barzani’s party) delegated to coordinate this with Kurdish officials – Awene News, 20 November.
- Iraqi President Jalal Talabani and Kurdistan Region Massoud Barzani chair a 3-hour meeting of the two main ruling parties’ politburos; a communiqué is due to come out later today – media outlets of the parties said.