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

Clashes as Iraq army takes last Kurd-held area of Kirkuk provinceIraqi 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. Iraq’s Joint Operations Command said police, counter-terrorism units and allied militias seized the Altun Kupri region, extending the central government’s territory to within 50 kilometres (30 miles) of Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region.



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