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Kirkuk: Iraqi forces capture key sites from Kurds

Monday 16/October/2017 - 03:34 PM
Sada El Balad
Iraqi government forces have captured key installations outside the disputed city of Kirkuk from Kurdish fighters، BBC reported.
A military statement said units had taken control of the K1 military base، the Baba Gurgur oil and gas field، and a state-owned oil company's offices.
Baghdad said the Peshmerga had withdrawn "without fighting"، but clashes were reported south of Kirkuk.
The operation was launched a month after the Kurdistan Region held a controversial independence referendum.
Iraq's prime minister has said the vote - in which residents of Kurdish-controlled areas، including Kirkuk، overwhelmingly backed secession - was unconstitutional.
The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) insisted it was legitimate.
US officials said they were "engaged with all parties in Iraq to de-escalate tension".

edited by: Basant Ahmed

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