Significant Iraqi military buildup in Makhmour, South West of Erbil

We are alarmed by significant Iraqi military buildup in the vicinity of Makhmour, South West of Erbil, in preparation for an attack on nearby Peshmerga positions. Intelligence shows in the last five days Iraqi Army, Popular Mobilization Units, Federal Police and Emergency Response Division deployments plan to attack the Gwer-Dibege-Dibis road connecting Mosul to Kirkuk.

Peshmerga forces withdrew from Makhmour in October to the current position to avoid military clashes with Iraqi security forces. We call on the Iraqi Federal Government to stop its provocative military advances. It is a gross violation of the Iraqi Constitution.

The international community must condemn Iraq’s aggressive military moves and call on the government to accept Kurdistan Region’s calls for dialogue to settle dispute.