Iraq deploying tanks, artillery near oil export pipeline, border crossings in Kurdish-held territory

A member of the Iraqi forces sits near a bridge across from Kurdish peshmerga on Oct 14, 2017.
A member of the Iraqi forces sits near a bridge across from Kurdish peshmerga on Oct 14, 2017. PHOTO: AFP

BAGHDAD (REUTERS) - Iraqi forces are deploying tanks and artillery near a Kurdish-held area of northern Iraq where a section of a Kurdish oil export pipeline is located, as well as land crossings to Turkey and Syria, security sources said on Monday (Oct 23).

The buildup is taking place north-west of Mosul, an official from the Kurdistan Regional Government's (KRG) security council said.

An Iraqi government security adviser said taking control of the land crossings was part of measures planned by Baghdad.