Violence flares between uneasy Kurdish and Turkmen allies in war against Isil

Clashes between Kurdish and Shia Turkmen paramilitary forces broke out in northern Iraq at the weekend, killing at least eight people and cutting a strategic road between Baghdad and the oil city of Kirkuk, security and medical sources said.

Violence in Tuz Khurmatu, about 110 miles north of the capital, has become a near monthly occurrence between the armed groups, uncomfortable allies against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant since driving the jihadist group out of towns and villages in the area in 2014.