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