The international anti-ISIS coalition has declared the events in Kirkuk were meant to be a coordinated handover of control, but that ended with one incident that resulted from a “miscommunication.” This situation, for most, still remains unclear.
Meanwhile, Four Turkish soldiers were killed in northern Iraq in two separate attacks blamed on the PKK on Tuesday. Five other soldiers were injured when two improvised explosive devices exploded on Monday in the Zap region of northern Iraq, not far from Turkey’s southeastern border. Clashes broke out immediately after the first of the attacks and Turkey claims to have killed 16 PKK members in air strikes in the past 24 hours.
Lastly, A Kurdish MP and head of his party’s faction has died of injuries sustained in a car accident on the Erbil-Kirkuk highway while he was returning to the capital from Kirkuk. Shawn Qaladzai, a senior member of the Kurdistan Islamic Movement (KIM) and head of its faction in the Kurdistan parliament, died in an Erbil hospital on Tuesday. Qaladzai had visited Kirkuk on Monday after clashes erupted between Peshmerga and Iraqi forces.