Iraq: Fear and loathing in Kirkuk as daybreak dawns

Peshmerga fighters and locals gathered in the centre of Kirkuk on Monday morning as reports of Iraqi forces advancing on the city continued. State TV reported Iraqi forces have already taken control of some areas, including oil fields, but this has been denied by Kurdish forces. Tensions between the two sides have been brewing since Iraqi Kurds overwhelmingly voted for secession in a... Еще September 25 referendum that Baghdad rejected as illegal. Kurdish Peshmerga forces took control of oil-rich Kirkuk after the Iraqi army fled a major offensive by the Islamic State in 2014.

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