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Iraq captures positions in Kirkuk from Kurds

Iraqis gather as troops arrive in the first neighborhood on the southern outskirts of Kirkuk on October 16, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

Iraqi forces captured several positions south of Kirkuk after clashes with Kurdish Peshmerga forces who had occupied the oil-rich region.

State TV said government forces had taken control of some areas, including oil fields. Baghdad sent troops towards disputed areas after Kurdistan’s independence referendum last month. Iraq has called the vote as “unconstitutional”.

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