Unfortunately we have clashes between Shiite fighters and Kurds also..
Hundreds Recruited to Shiite Militia Set to Fight Against Kurds in Iraq
Iraqi anti-ISIL Shiite militia and Kurdish forces have been in constant confrontation. This month, the stand-off turned violent. Local media reports that Shiite Kurds are taking part in the Shiite militia in this sharp conflict among anti-Jihadi ranks.
The Iran-backed Hashd al-Shaabi Shiite militia has recruited some 5,000 fighters in its ranks in recent months, including approximately 1,800 Shiite Kurds, who may take part in clashes with mainly Sunni Kurdish forces of Peshmerga, an anonymous local military official told the Kurdish Rudaw news outlet.
“They have an entire brigade for the Kurdish recruits in Khanaqeen, fully armed and funded,” he was quoted as saying by Rudaw. “Even the commander of the brigade is a Shiite Kurd.”
Intermittent clashes between the Popular Mobilization Units, as Hashd al-Shaabi’s name is translated, and the Peshmerga flared up on November 12 at a Kurdish checkpoint in Tuz Khurmatu, a multi-ethnic town lying on the main highway between Baghdad and Kirkuk. The clashes lasted for at least three days and reportedly claimed lives of 21 persons on both sides, including civilians, and multiple arrests. The stand-off is complicated by active engagement of civilians.
“Violence in Khurmatu has resulted in the death and wounding of 21 people, including seven Kurds and others from Arabs and Turkmens of the city,” Jabar Yawar, chief of staff of the Peshmerga ministry, told Rudaw last week.
Analysts point to the rivalry over control of territories across Iraq and historical Sunni-Shiite contradictions as possible reasons for violent confrontation. While Peshmerga represents mostly Sunni Kurds, Hashd al-Shaabi recruits Arabs, Turkmens and Shiite Kurds to its ranks.
The town of Tuz Khurmatu’s disputed status was to be decided after a referendum, being continuously postponed since 2007. Earlier this fall, the Peshmerga forces and Shiite militias entered the city to take it under joint control during an ISIL offensive west of Kirkuk.
Local Islamic clergy has raised its voices to urge Peshmerga and Hashd al-Shaabi to stop the clashes and ease tensions and concentrate on fighting the common enemy, ISIL, instead.
“All hands should join and unite their energy to fight the real terrorists and the war should not be diverted from its course,” a major Shiite cleric Abdul-Mahdi said in a sermon in Karbala, as cited by Rudaw.
Read more: http://sputniknews.com/military/20151123/1030557592/shiite-militia-vs-peshmerga.html#ixzz3sIVgRAx2
Hardly our business.
When ISIS rampaged through Iraq last summer, as I recall the Iraqi president asked for support from 'Bama and Erbil.
Both of their responses were 'ermmm, ya, maybe a little later we'll help you out a lil'
Of course, when ISIS then turned their attentions against the Kurds and launched a surprise assault (and a very successful one), both the Americans and the Kurds suddenly got indignant and started painting ISIS as a threat to the world.
Well I don't have any particular sympathy with the Kurds; not against ISIS, not against the Turks, not against the Shi'ites. If the Kurds start fighting against the Shi'ites too; they're the ones that will be surrounded on all sides and will get destroyed, not ISIS - they ought to keep that in mind.
Either way, it's absolutely none of business who takes on who there, it's a mess and I have scarce sympathy for anyone there but innocent civilians on all sides.
Russia declared its mission objective as wiping out the Islamist forces in Syria.. let's try to stick to that, shall we, without too much mission creep?
Neither the Turks nor the Kurds nor the Shi'ites pose any threat to Russian territory/citizens whatsoever, so why concern ourselves.