Iraqi forces next to a convoy heading to Kurdish peshmerga positions on the southern outskirts of Kirkuk.
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The Iraqi government accused Kurdish authorities Sunday of bringing fighters from the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) to the disputed oil-rich city of Kirkuk, and said it considered the move a "declaration of war".Barzani and other Kurdish leaders, who met to discuss the crisis in the town of Dokan, renewed their offer to "resolve peacefully" the crisis with Baghdad.They rejected what they described as "military threats" from Iraqi forces against Kurdish Peshmerga fighters, and pledged to defend Kurdish-held territory in the event of an attack.Iran meanwhile shut its border crossings with Iraq's Kurdistan in support of measures taken by the Iraqi government to isolate the Kurdish region, the Iraqi Foreign Ministry said Sunday.
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