BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 A.M.) – The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) raised their flag over the disputed city of Kirkuk last night, the Rudaw News Agency reported.
“The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan has raised Kurdistan’s flag at all its offices in Kirkuk,” Ghafour Salih, deputy head of the party in the city, told Rudaw.
“Today, once again we formally re-raised Kurdistan, Iraqi, and PUK flags over our offices as a normal and legal thing,” the PUK office in Kirkuk said in a statement carried by their party’s media.
The Iraqi government has yet to comment on the situation, despite the previous tensions between their security forces and the Kurdish-led groups.
The Iraqi security forces took control of Kirkuk last year after a Kurdistan independence referendum vote sparked outrage from the government in Baghdad.