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  • PUK defies Barzani’s order to keep Shia Militia out of Kirkuk –

20 Feb 2015 – According to Stratfor the governor of Kirkuk, Najmaddin Karim and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan PUK may in fact be willing to defy Barzani’s order to keep Shiite militias out of Kirkuk. Stratfor received information that in recent days, Karim held a closed-door meeting with Hadi al-Amiri, the leader of Iraq’s oldest and most politically integrated Shiite militia, the Badr Organization. The details of the meeting have not been disclosed, but there are hints that both Karim and Hero Talabani, who is married to PUK leader Jalal Talabani and wields considerable influence over the party, are both in negotiations to allow Shiite militias into Kirkuk. While Peshmerga forces and the Popular Mobilization Forces now face a shared enemy in the form of IS, it is unknown how long this fragile alliance could hold, particularly if Iranian-backed Shiite militias increase their presence in the area. www.mesop.de