Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has expressed concern over the display of posters for the PKK terror organization as well as banners promoting the terrorists in the city of Kirkuk in Northern Iraq, saying the move could lead to new conflict in the region.
Speaking at a news conference in the capital Baghdad on Tuesday, Prime Minister al-Abadi said: "We cannot accept such activities since they open the door to new conflict."
Portraits of PKK terrorist organization leader Abdullah Öcalan, who remains jailed in Turkey, and other banners promoting the terrorist group can be seen in the center of the city of Kirkuk.
The prime minister also said Iraq does not want to fight the PKK, saying: "We will also not allow such groups to attack our neighbor [Turkey]."
Al-Abadi also spoke about a new operation to liberate the Kirkuk district of Havice from Daesh, saying that the Shia militia group the Hashd al-Shabi, peshmerga and Iraqi military forces will all participate in the Havice operation.
Daesh still controls a large area in southwestern Kirkuk where it launches attacks against security forces in the province as well as nearby Diyala province.
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