Kurdish provincial councillors watch on as the Iraqi (R) and Kurdish (L) flags are raised over a government building in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk on March 28, 2017. AFP / Marwan IBRAHIM
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Provincial councilors in Kirkuk province voted Tuesday to fly the Kurdish regional flag, a move likely to escalate tension between Baghdad and Ankara.Iraqi Kurds are close to Ankara, but Turkey said it opposed flying the flag because it does not want to encourage any change in the composition of Kirkuk, which is also home to Turkmens.Kirkuk is home to various religious and ethnic communities, some of which – notably Arabs and Turkmen – do not want to see the province under permanent Kurdish control.
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