IRAQ PM DENIES ATTACK PLAN AS TENSIONS RISE WITH KURDS

IRAQI KURDISH FORCES CLOSED THE TWO MAIN ROADS CONNECTING ARBIL AND DOHUK WITH THE NORTHERN CITY OF MOSUL FOR SEVERAL HOURS, A KURDISH MILITARY OFFICIAL SAID.

ON A CONCILIATORY NOTE, IRAQI KURDISH LEADER MASSUD BARZANI'S GOVERNMENT REACHED OUT TO ABADI.

He said Iraqi government forces had previously operated close to peshmerga lines near the northern city of Tal Afar.
Iraqi Kurdish forces closed the two main roads connecting Arbil and Dohuk with the northern city of Mosul for several hours, a Kurdish military official said.
Kurdish authorities said late Wednesday they feared Iraqi government forces and allied paramilitary units were gearing up to launch an assault on the autonomous region.

Iraq's prime minister on Thursday denied an attack on the Kurds was imminent, in a bid to defuse tensions that had prompted Kurdish peshmerga fighters to temporarily seal off road links with the rest of the country. "We are...

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