Kurdish peshmerga forces monitor trenches they have dug south of the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk. AFP / Marwan IBRAHIM
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Iraqi Turkmen leaders Monday accused the country's Kurds of exploiting the war on militants to dig a trench that would strengthen their grip on expanded territory. Officials from the Turkmen minority said the Kurdistan Regional Government was digging the trench roughly following conflict lines between Daesh (ISIS) and Kurdish forces across northern Iraq.The Turkmens are one of Iraq's largest ethnic minorities and many of their hubs are in disputed areas, which are just beyond the KRG borders but claimed by the Kurds.Turkmen officials said their information showed that the planned path of the trench would include the town of Tuz Khurmatu in the Kurdish region and leave that of Amirli out.
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