IRAQ - Sept. 13 - Kurdish Faction To Withdraw Militias.
The Kurdish Democratic Party (KDP) announces it will withdraw all
armed militias from large towns under its control in northern Iraq over
the next 2 months. A statement says the decision was taken at a meeting
in the town of Erbil, presided over by the KDP leader, Massoud Barzani.
A spokesman for the rival Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) says the
withdrawal was one of its main demands for the normalisation of
relations between the 2 groups. (More than 3000 people are estimated to
have died in fighting between the KDP and the PUK since they fell out in
1994, 2 years after an agreement was made to share power in the
mainly-Kurdish areas of northern Iraq.)