Iraq denies deployment of US troops to Kirkuk

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Thu, 30 Nov 2017 - 09:05 GMT

A member of the Iraqi forces stands next to a tank as an army convoy drives towards Kurdish peshmerga positions on the southern outskirts of Kirkuk on October 15, 2017. AFP/ Ahmad al-Rubaye

A member of the Iraqi forces stands next to a tank as an army convoy drives towards Kurdish peshmerga positions on the southern outskirts of Kirkuk on October 15, 2017. AFP/ Ahmad al-Rubaye

BAGHDAD - 30 November 2017: The Iraqi Joint Operations Command announced on Thursday that US troops have not been deployed to the oil-rich province of Kirkuk or any other part of Iraq.

In a statement by Al Sumaria TV, the command refuted the claims, explaining that several media outlets quoted sources in Kurdistan region as saying that US forces have been deployed to the northern Iraqi province of Kirkuk to preserve the city's security.

The statement said there had been no increase of coalition forces "neither in Kirkuk nor the rest of the Iraqi territory."

It stressed that it was Iraq’s "national responsibility" to guarantee the safety of Kirkuk.

"The international coalition’s tasks are limited to training, advising and providing logistical support," it read.

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