Arab-Kurdish 16th Brigade Splits, Kurds Defect

MESOP 11.6.2013 – Amid ongoing tensions between Iraq’s ethnic Arabs and Kurds, the army’s 16th Brigade — famous for being roughly half Arab and half Kurdish – has split in two, with the Kurdish spokesman for the brigade, Rekawt Mohammed, saying “We have nothing to do with the Iraqi army anymore.” – Read more

Kurdish Brigade Soldiers Stop Taking Orders From Baghdad

By Ben Van Heuvelen and Patrick Osgood – Washington Post  BAGHDAD – 11.6.2013 – The Iraqi Army’s 16th Brigade was once a hopeful symbol of cooperation between Iraq’s rival ethnic groups.  Read entire Text