Iraq Begins Offensive to Seize Kirkuk After Kurdish Independence Vote

HeadlineOct 16, 2017
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The Iraqi Army has begun an offensive aimed at seizing the northern city of Kirkuk from Kurdish Peshmerga fighters, after voters in Iraq’s Kurdish regions voted overwhelmingly for independence. A Kurdish commander said Monday his forces had retreated to positions outside the city of 1 million people as Iraqi forces moved in and also seized an oil company south of Kirkuk, adding that there were “lots of casualties” due to fighting.

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