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Peshmerga's advanced rocket launchers  22.11.2012 
By Alan Abdulla & Hewraz Karim
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November 22, 2012

ERBIL-Hewlęr, Kurdistan region 'Iraq',— A high ranking officer from Peshmerga armed forces told (Malpress) website that the Iraqi government is unaware of the rocket launchers Peshmerga have in its possessions.

The officer referred to the type of the rockers and said, "the rockets (TOW RF), (TOW 2A) (Hyper velocity Anti-Tank Missiles HATM) and (A6), are more than enough to shatter Maliki's tanks into bits and pieces".

These small rockets are affective and quite strong, and they are placed on the top of faster moving vehicles so it can move from one spot to another quite quickly, currently only the US, Israel and South Korean armies have them in their possessions, Malpress reported.

Another military expert in Peshmerga said that "the Iraqi army do not have these missiles but Peshmerga forces have 29 of the launchers with 1000s of rockets, this weapon is the production of (Raytheon) US weapon manufacture, it can destroy its target in the 5kms range in just 2 seconds".

The commander of Kurdish Peshmerga forces warned Tuesday that his troops might attack Iraqi government soldiers at "any minute" after the central government sent tanks and armoured vehicles toward the disputed city of Kirkuk.

A local official source revealed Wednesday, bringing a "substantial" military force of Peshmerga to the Kurdish district of Khanaqin in anticipation of the entry of any forces belonging to Dijla operations to the district.

Tuz Khurmatu, last Friday witnessed fierce clashes between Kurdish Peshmerga forces and Iraqi Tigris (Dijla) Operations Command TOC troops, during which Two people were killed and 10 others wounded.

The clashes erupted in Tuz Khurmatu district in Salahuddin province when Iraqi soldiers attempted to search a house belonging to a Kurdish official Goran Najam, a member of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan PUK, officials said. Iraqi President Jalal Talabani is the current leader of the PUK, Reuters reported.

Barzani ordered its Peshmerga security forces on high alert, a statement issued on Saturday said, attributing the move to clashes with central government forces. An Iraqi general however said that the clashes in question came during an arrest attempt and did not involve the Peshmerga.

Also Massoud Barzani said Saturday the region was fully prepared to defend itself, after a skirmish between Iraqi forces and Kurdish troops along their disputed internal border.

While Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki stressed that "the movement of the Iraqi army must be free on every inch of the land of Iraq, and provinces or territory have no right to object", describing the movement of the Peshmerga in the disputed areas as "legal and a constitutional violation."

Translation by Alan Abdulla & Additional reporting by Hewraz Karim -

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