Commander of Iraqi counter-terrorism service arrives in Kirkuk amid Kurdish flag controversy

January 10, 2019 at 12:05 pm

Kirkuk- Lieutenant general Abdulwahab Sa’idi, commader of the Iraqi counter-terrorism service (left) January 10, 2019 Photo: Counter-Terrorism media

KirkukNow- Kirkuk

The commander of the Iraqi counter-terrorism service on Thursday January 10th arrived in Kirkuk in an unannounced visit to the multi-ethnic province, according to a source.

Lieutenant general Abdulwahab Sa’idi’s landed in the Hurriya military airport where he was received by Kirkuk counter terrorism officials.

The source did not reveal any information on the agenda of the visit, his first since he assumed the position on December 8, 2018.

Al-Sa’idi’s visit coincides with the tensions which broke out in the city after the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) hoisted Kurdistan Region flags on its Kirkuk offices, although the Kirkuk administration and the Arab and Turkmen components have rejected the move.


The Iraqi commander’s visit also came as a new commander has been named to take over the security dossier of the province.

Brigadier general Haidar al-Obaidi is to replace major general Ma’an Sa’di as commander of the Iraqi second special operations.



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