The Peshmerga forces, based in the northern city of Kirkuk, say they have been waiting for the Iraqi army to finish its operations in Mosul first. But critics say the Peshmerga have been delaying their attack for political reasons.
Fighting between Peshmerga forces and the PKK-backed Yazidi militia group YBS is forcing the Yazidi community to seek refuge in the Sinjar mountains.
Kurdish security sources say the clashes took place after peshmerga forces were deployed to an area controlled by the PKK, a designated terrorist organisation.
Brave Peshmerga fighters have been sacrificing their lives in the fight against Daesh to retake Mosul, Iraq's second largest city.
KRG denies HRW claims of a systematic policy to destroy Arab homes, but said peshmerga carry out demolitions for security reasons such as clearing booby-trapped homes.
Turkey has deployed artillery units to support Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga forces in the offensive to liberate Mosul from Daesh, while four Turkish F-16s are also included in the international coalition.
Fighters claimed by DAESH kill five workers, detonate explosives before elite forces regain control.
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