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Clashes as Iraq army takes last Kurd-held area of Kirkuk province

Kirkuk - Iraqi forces clashed with Kurdish fighters Friday as the central government said it had wrested back control of the last area of disputed Kirkuk province in the latest stage of a sweeping operation after a controversial independence vote.

Kurd disarray highlights Iraq army's newfound prowess

Baghdad - The speed with which Iraqi troops this week overwhelmed Kurdish forces in oil-rich Kirkuk, days after ousting the Islamic State group, marks a radical change in the balance of power, analysts say.

Clashes as Iraq army takes last Kurd-held area of Kirkuk province

Kirkuk - Iraqi forces clashed with Kurdish peshmerga fighters Friday and retook control of the last sector of the disputed province of Kirkuk, with a general killed in the fighting, security sources said.

Iraqi Kurds say open to talks after Baghdad military operation

Arbil - The Iraqi Kurdish regional government said Thursday it was open to talks with Baghdad after central government forces seized a swathe of disputed territory from Kurdish fighters.

Baghdad court issues arrest warrant for Iraqi Kurd VP

Baghdad - A Baghdad court on Thursday issued an arrest warrant for the vice president of Iraqi Kurdistan on charges of "provocation" against Iraq's armed forces, the judiciary said.

Balance of power shifts in Iraq's multi-ethnic Kirkuk

Kirkuk - With the return of Kirkuk to Iraqi control, the balance of power appears to have shifted between the ethnic communities in the Kurdish-majority city, to the delight of its Turkmen residents.

Iraqi army retakes almost all disputed areas from Kurds

Baghdad - Iraqi government forces said Wednesday they had retaken almost all the areas disputed between Baghdad and the autonomous Kurdistan region following a sweeping advance into oil-rich Kirkuk province in response to an independence vote.

Iraq seeks BP help in developing recovered Kirkuk oil fields

Baghdad - Iraqi Oil Minister Jabbar al-Luaybi called on British energy giant BP on Wednesday to help develop fields in the northern province of Kirkuk recovered from Kurdish forces this week.

Baghdad says mission accomplished in Kurd operation

Baghdad - Iraqi forces said Wednesday they had achieved their objectives in a lightning operation that saw them sweep through disputed Kurdish-held territory in a punishing riposte to an independence vote last month.

Kurdish infighting opened way for Iraqi advances

Kirkuk - Iraq's lightning seizure of oil-rich Kirkuk has pitched the country's main Kurdish factions against each other as Baghdad exploits deep divisions over an independence vote.

Iraq forces take oil fields, dashing Kurdish dreams

- Iraqi forces Wednesday appeared poised to take full control of the oil fields in the disputed northern province of Kirkuk, dashing Kurdish hopes of creating a viable independent state.

Iraqi forces retake base, airport, oil field from Kurds

Baghdad - Iraqi forces made rapid progress on Monday in their operation against Kurdish fighters in the disputed Kirkuk province, seizing a key military base, an airport and an oil field, commanders said.

Iraqi forces say in control of roads, infrastructure near Kirkuk

Baghdad - Iraqi forces said Monday they had taken control of roads and infrastructure from Kurdish fighters near the disputed city of Kirkuk as tensions soar following a controversial independence referendum.

Iraqi forces seize Kirkuk governor's office in push against Kurds

Kirkuk - Iraqi forces seized the Kirkuk governor's office, key military sites and an oil field on Monday as they swept across the disputed province following soaring tensions over an independence referendum.

Baghad accuses Kurds of 'declaration of war'

Baghdad - Baghdad said Sunday that foreign Kurdish forces were present in the province of Kirkuk in what amounted to a "declaration of war", dramatically raising the stakes in its dispute with Iraq's Kurds.

Once promised paradise, IS fighters end up in mass graves

- The Islamic State group once drew recruits from near and far with promises of paradise but now bodies of jihadists lie in mass graves or at the mercy of wild dogs as its "caliphate" collapses.

Kurds, Iraqi forces in standoff as Baghdad sets deadline

Sulaimania - Thousands of Iraqi troops were locked in an armed standoff with Kurdish forces in the disputed oil-rich province of Kirkuk on Saturday as Washington scrambled to avert fighting between its allies in the war against the Islamic State group.

Baghdad gives ultimatum on Kirkuk pullback: Kurds

Sulaimania - Baghdad has set a pre-dawn Sunday deadline for Kurdish forces to abandon positions in the disputed oil province of Kirkuk they took during the fightback against the Islamic State group, a senior Kurdish official said.

Weeks of tension between Iraq and its Kurds

- Tensions have escalated between Iraq and its northern autonomous Kurdish region since Kurdish voters overwhelmingly backed independence in a non-binding referendum more than two weeks ago.

Iraq forces retake positions from Kurds in disputed Kirkuk

Kirkuk - Iraqi forces Friday retook positions controlled by Kurdish peshmerga fighters since 2014 in the oil-rich province of Kirkuk amid a bitter row with the Kurds over a vote for independence last month.
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