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Kurd fighters in Iraq briefly block roads to Mosul: Kurdish Peshmerga forces blocked roads from Iraqi Kurdistan to the country’s second city Mosul for several hours in response to Iraqi troop movements, a senior Kurdish military official said.

“The two main roads connecting Erbil and Dohuk to Mosul were cut off on Thursday with sand embankments as a precautionary measure after we detected an increase in deployments and movements of Iraqi forces near the frontline with the Peshmerga,” the official told AFP news agency.

Hours later the barriers were removed and “the situation returned to normal”, he said.

The move came after Kurdish authorities said late on Wednesday they feared Iraqi government forces and allied paramilitary units were preparing to launch an assault on the autonomous northern region.

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Kurd fighters in Iraq briefly block roads to Mosul: Kurdish Peshmerga forces blocked roads from Iraqi Kurdistan to the country’s second city Mosul for several hours in response to Iraqi troop movements, a senior Kurdish military official said.     “The two main roads connecting Erbil and Dohuk to Mosul were cut off on Thursday with sand embankments as a precautionary measure after we detected an increase in deployments and movements of Iraqi forces near the frontline with the Peshmerga,” the official told AFP news agency. Hours later the barriers were removed and “the situation returned to normal”, he said.    The move came after Kurdish authorities said late on Wednesday they feared Iraqi government forces and allied paramilitary units were preparing to launch an assault on the autonomous northern region. Kurd fighters in Iraq briefly block roads to Mosul: Kurdish Peshmerga forces blocked roads from Iraqi Kurdistan to the country’s second city Mosul for several hours in response to Iraqi troop movements, a senior Kurdish military official said.     “The two main roads connecting Erbil and Dohuk to Mosul were cut off on Thursday with sand embankments as a precautionary measure after we detected an increase in deployments and movements of Iraqi forces near the frontline with the Peshmerga,” the official told AFP news agency. Hours later the barriers were removed and “the situation returned to normal”, he said.