After several days of clashes the Iraqi forces backed by a large convoy delivered a final ultimatum with the Peshmerga, clashes however continued to be spurred on by foreign Kurdish forces from the Turkish originating PKK and Iranian originating PAK. With this came clashes with the large Iraqi force that had arrived and shortly after Peshmerga command arranged a high level meeting with Iraqi commanders. Peshmerga offered to withdraw from disputed areas entirely and in return Iraqi forces offered a 24 ceasefire. In the early hours of Saturday 28th October the Peshmerga forces were seen withdrawing from Tesqopa in North Iraq.
Local Assyrians have rejoiced at this and are eagerly anticipating the rest of Assyrian areas to be fully back into Federal Government controlled with local Assyrian defense units working with them as they have in the war against ISIS. As Sunday arrives many are preparing their prayers for prosperity to return to the lands, one resident saying “God bless the Iraqi Army, we have been waiting for 3 years for them. I am so happy I finally have a future for my children”. Many had been uneasy by the Kurdish forces in their areas after several Assyrian mayors were replaced with Kurdish party members with no elections. Locals protested but protesters were threatened by the Kurdish police force, the Asayish. With the return of Iraqi Federal forces locals are preparing for the return of local authority backed by the central government to administer their lands and prosper.