A picture taken on October 6, 2017 shows a tank belonging to the Hashed al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation) paramilitaries advancing towards villages between the northern Iraqi cities of Hawija and Kirkuk. (AFP / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE)
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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.Ethnically divided but historically Kurdish-majority Kirkuk is one of several regions that peshmerga fighters took over from the Iraqi army in 2014 when Daesh (ISIS) swept through much of northern and western Iraq.Speaking from an area south of the provincial capital Kirkuk, the general said federal troops had retaken "Base 102" west of the city after peshmerga fighters withdrew during the night without a fight.A top aide to Iraqi Kurdish leader Massud Barzani vowed the peshmerga would defend their positions "at any cost".The Kurdish authorities accused the Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF) -- paramilitary units dominated by Iran-trained Shiite militia -- of massing fighters in two mainly Shiite Turkmen areas south of Kirkuk in readiness for an attack.The Kurdistan Regional Security Council said its intelligence reports suggested that Iraqi troops and armour were preparing to take over the Kurdish-held oil fields, an airport and a military base.
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