JALAWLA, Iraq, Sept 9 (Reuters) - Hundreds of Kurdish soldiers have moved into disputed areas of Iraq's volatile Diyala province to provide security in a sign of continuing tensions between Kurds and Arabs as U.S. forces prepare to leave Iraq at year-end.
Iraq's disputed territories, particularly the area around the northern oil-rich city of Kirkuk, are considered potential flashpoints for future conflict when American troops depart under a 2008 bilateral security agreement.
Two battalions of Kurdish peshmerga, about 1,300 soldiers, recently began patrols alongside the Iraqi army in the town of Jalawla and surrounding areas usually controlled by Iraqi police and soldiers. The force will increase to about 2,400.
Kurdish officials said Kurds in the troubled region, a volatile mix of Arabs, Kurds and Turkmen, do not trust Iraq's police and army, which are dominated by