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Iraq Sends Troops To Take Kirkuk And Oil Fields Back From Kurds

Iraqi army use complicated apparatus to repairs a print of Iraqi Kurdish boss Massud Barzani on a southern hinterland of Kirkuk, as Baghdad seeks to take control of a city behind from Kurds.

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Iraqi army use complicated apparatus to repairs a print of Iraqi Kurdish boss Massud Barzani on a southern hinterland of Kirkuk, as Baghdad seeks to take control of a city behind from Kurds.

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Saying Iraq is in risk of “partition,” Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has sent infantry to take control of Kirkuk — a city that Kurdish fighters took from ISIS 3 years ago after a Iraqi infantry refused to fight. In further to Iraq’s stability, abounding oil revenues are also during stake.

Kurdish media outlets quote a Peshmerga General Command job a conflict “a extreme stipulation of fight opposite a republic of Kurdistan.”

Civilians have been journey a area, seeking reserve in an increasingly hazardous conditions in northern Iraq. Many of them were streamer to a Kurdish collateral of Erbil, about 60 miles to a north, according to contributor Jenan Moussa of Al Aan TV.

Early targets for Iraq’s infantry enclosed a Kirkuk infantry airfield and several oil fields, according to mixed media reports.

Iraq’s infantry pierce comes 3 weeks after Kurds reason a argumentative autonomy referendum, in that some-more than 90 percent of a Kurdish region’s residents voted to separate from Iraq. The U.S. had urged Kurdish leaders not to reason a vote.

From Beirut, NPR’s Ruth Sherlock reports for a Newscast unit:

“This oil abounding range fell underneath Kurdish control in 2014, after Iraqi infantry fled in a face of an descent there by a nonconformist organisation ISIS. Now, a Iraqi supervision wants a domain back.

“Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi pronounced infantry were underneath instructions to ‘protect all citizens’ as they modernized into a area, and Iraqi army are pronounced to have been told to equivocate violence. But some residents reported conference gunfire and explosions in a early hours of a morning.

“The hostilities symbol a genuine plea for a United States, that has armed and lerned both Iraqi infantry and Kurdish Peshmerga fighters.”

“We are really endangered by reports of assault in Kirkuk and weep any detriment of life,” a U.S. Embassy in Baghdad pronounced on Monday. Calling on all parties to stop hostilities, a embassy combined in an central statement, “ISIS stays a loyal rivalry of Iraq, and we titillate all parties to sojourn focused on finishing a ransom of their nation from this menace.”

Iraqi army peep feat signs as they allege toward Kirkuk. Iraqi army clashed with Kurdish fighters nearby a doubtful city, seizing a pivotal infantry bottom and other domain in a vital operation sparked by a argumentative autonomy referendum.

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Iraqi army peep feat signs as they allege toward Kirkuk. Iraqi army clashed with Kurdish fighters nearby a doubtful city, seizing a pivotal infantry bottom and other domain in a vital operation sparked by a argumentative autonomy referendum.

Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images

The Kurdish Regional Security Council says a operation began usually before midnight and concerned both Iraqi army and Iran-backed company fighters, “using U.S. infantry equipment, including Abrams tanks and Humvees.” The legislature pronounced that a Kurdish Peshmerga “destroyed during slightest 5 U.S. Humvees used by PMF.”

Of a new clash, Abadi pronounced on Monday that he’s perplexing to strengthen Iraq’s constitution, regularly citing a autonomy referendum in a Facebook post about a infantry action. Kurd’s leaders, he said, had unsuccessful to mind warnings opposite “the multiplication of Iraq and a investiture of a state on an secular and secular basis.”

Abadi wrote:

“We assure a people in Kurdistan and in Kirkuk in sold that we are penetrating on their reserve and best interest. We have usually acted to perform a inherent avocation to extend a sovereign management and levy confidence and strengthen a inhabitant resources in this city, that we wish to sojourn a city of pacific coexistence for all Iraqis.”