Iraqi military advances in Kirkuk, captures key positions from Kurdish forces

Iraqi troops have captured several key Kurdish Peshmerga-controlled positions near Kirkuk and continue to advance, Reuters reports, citing the Iraqi military. Earlier, troops deployed to secure Kirkuk clashed with Kurds in the disputed area.

The Iraqi armed forces gained control of roads and infrastructure near Kirkuk from Kurdish fighters, including the North Gas Company station, a nearby oil processing plant, and the industrial district south of the city. The military also captured Kirkuk’s K-1 Air Base from Kurdish forces, a military statement says, according to Reuters.

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  • tom_billesley

    Outside of Israel, a bomb dropped anywhere in the region is likely to do some good.

  • ismiselemeas

    It’s time to start thinking about WWI and WWII as flare ups in a Europe inextricably bound to and shaped by the much longer expansionist conflict in the ME.

    • Norman_In_New_York

      The conflict of World War I began over disputes in the Balkans. The Kaiser ignored the sound advice of Bismarck that the Balkans aren’t worth the healthy bones of one Pomeranian grenadier.

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    Gee…self-determination for the Fakestinians but none for the Kurds? They don’t have a word for “hypocrisy” in the ayrabbi language?

  • Sunshine

    Iraq needs to be split up as a federacy. Failing this, there will always be discontent and war between groups, Sunnites and Shiites included.
    The Kurdish contribution was crucial in stabilizing the country. They deserve their own state.
    Instead of fighting them, the government should be working out a plan acceptable to all parties whereby the Kurds have partial sovereignty.