Kirkuk: Iraqi forces capture key sites from Kurds

Kirkuk, Iraqi government forces have captured key installations outside the disputed city of Kirkuk from Kurdish fighters.

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Baghdad said the Peshmerga had withdrawn “without fighting”, but clashes were reported south of Kirkuk.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.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has said the vote, in which residents overwhelmingly backed secession, was illegal and demanded it be annulled.

The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) insisted it was legitimate.
US officials said they were “engaged with all parties in Iraq to de-escalate tension”.

Source- BBC Middle East

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