Kurdish Iraqi Peshmerga forces deploy their troops on the outskirts of the multi-ethnic city of Kirkuk, only 1 kilometre away from areas controlled by ISIS in northern Iraq on June 12, 2014. AFP PHOTO/MARWAN IBRAHIM
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Kurdish forces took control of the disputed Iraqi oil hub of Kirkuk on Thursday to protect it from jihadists, after which a bomb targeted a Kurdish security minister, officials said.Iraqi Kurds want to incorporate Kirkuk province into their autonomous region, a move Baghdad strongly has strongly opposed in a bitter, long-running dispute with them. Kirkuk Governor Najm al-Din Karim said peshmerga forces had filled gaps left by Iraqi soldiers who withdrew from their positions in the province.
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