After several clashes over the Assyrian town of Faysh Khabor the Kurdish Peshmerga have heeded local demands and have agreed to a ceasefire with Iraqi Federal forces and withdrawing from the town to give way for Federal forces and locals to take up security. However the deal is threatened by foreign Kurdish fighters from Iran and Turkey which see this as treachery by the local Kurdish Peshmerga of the Kurdish region of Iraq. In the Turkmen town of Altun Kupri there continues to be shelling by these foreign Kurdish fighters after Peshmerga moved back from positions. This follows yesterdays break of ceasefire agreement in Makhmour in which Kurdish Peshmerga backed with foreign Kurdish forces attacked Iraqi troops in Makhmour but were repelled after some hours of artillery exchange. Iraqi forces posted many videos showing their control of Makhmour and the retreat of Kurdish forces after the failed attack, which broke prior agreements. Current ceasefire deal is for 24 hours, confirmed by Al Sura correspondent speaking with Iraqi Federal Police forces in the area.
Assyrian locals are hopeful their town will not suffer the same fate as Altun Kupri which has had its infrastructure damaged and residents struggling to return to everyday life under random shelling by Kurdish factions. The town of Faysh Khabor remains a key border point for Iraq as it is close to both the Syrian and Turkish border. Iraq aims to control the town under the Federal government as part of enforcing all Iraqi borders strictly under control of Federal forces.