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The Iraqi army confirms its control over Sinjar..Kurdistan officials are skeptical Baghdad Aktham Seif El Din November 21, 2021 The Iraqi army: There are no obstacles to normalizing the normalization agreement in Sinjar (John Moore/Getty) Today, Sunday, an Iraqi military spokesman confirmed that the town of Sinjar, 110 kilometers west of Nineveh Governorate (in the north), is under the control of the army, in the first response to previous reports that the city and its suburbs continue to be subject to the militants of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK ), despite the passage of more than a year. On the signing of the agreement to normalize the conditions of the city between Baghdad and the Kurdistan Regional Government. Since October of last year, the Iraqi government and the Kurdistan Regional Government have concluded the normalization agreement in the town of Sinjar, which aims mainly to expel non-Iraqi armed groups from the town, in preparation for the return of its displaced, of whom about 80% still refuse to return due to the tense situation in the city. . According to the spokesman for the Army Operations Command, Major General Tahsin al-Khafaji, "there are no obstacles to the implementation of the Sinjar Agreement. The agreement continues, and the security forces are present and will not allow any party to obstruct it." Al-Khafaji indicated in a statement to the official Iraqi News Agency (INA), that "the security forces from the local army and police are deployed in Sinjar, and that all entrances and exits to the judiciary are controlled, and there are no armed manifestations inside it." What is confirmed by the Iraqi army leadership contradicts reality, and with what the officials of the Kurdistan region say, who assert that the armed factions in the town (elements of the Kurdistan Workers Party and the Popular Mobilization) prevent the implementation of the agreement. The Minister of Interior of the region, Reber Ahmed, had recently confirmed that "the Kurdistan Workers' Party and militias cooperating with it, as well as security agencies, bear the responsibility of preventing the implementation of the agreement to normalize the situation in the town." And he indicated that "the agreement has been concluded for more than a year, and that Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi has confirmed on more than one occasion that his government is serious about implementing the agreement, and that it will not retreat from it." Ahmed stressed that "Sinjar today is under occupation by non-Iraqi forces, represented by elements of the Kurdistan Workers Party, and that the party's militants are supported by outlaw Iraqi militia groups, which help the party by imposing its control and influence on the town, and that these parties impose their will on the people despite their suffering." In the context, an official in the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government confirmed to Al-Araby Al-Jadeed that "the regional government discussed the file with the United Nations envoy to Iraq, Jenin Hennis-Plasschaert, and with the American side, after the Iraqi government was unable to implement it." The official added, "We got promises that (the United Nations and Washington) would intervene to implement the agreement," noting that "the regional government does not trust the government's promises, nor does it accept backing out of the agreement." He stressed, "We hope for a government move to prove its ability to implement the agreement, by strengthening the official military presence, and removing the armed factions that prevent the implementation of the agreement." The Baghdad government promises to implement the agreement to normalize the situation in the city of Sinjar, but it is facing difficulty in doing so, due to the refusal of the PMF and PKK elements to withdraw from the town, while the government avoids resorting to a policy of imposing a fait accompli, in order to avoid the consequences that may result from this and the possibility of confrontation with armed groups.