“No one has asked us to abandon those posts in Kirkuk,” talabani said.
talabani told The Daily Beast that the Peshmerga deployment to Kirkuk was actually approved by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.
talabani said Kurdish leaders are not celebrating the chaos in Iraq today.
But talabani also said the Kurdistan Regional Government is obliged to protect their own.
talabani said the presence of Peshmerga troops at Kirkuk—which has significant oil resources itself—does not change its status.