An Iraqi forces member takes down a Kurdish flag as they advance towards the centre of Kirkuk during an operation against Kurdish fighters on October 16, 2017. AFP / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE
Your feedback is important to us!
We invite all our readers to share with us their views and comments about this article.
Disclaimer: Comments submitted by third parties on this site are the sole responsibility of the individual(s) whose content is submitted. The Daily Star accepts no responsibility for the content of comment(s), including, without limitation, any error, omission or inaccuracy therein. Please note that your email address will NOT appear on the site.
Alert: If you are facing problems with posting comments, please note that you must verify your email with Disqus prior to posting a comment. follow this link to make sure your account meets the requirements. (http://bit.ly/vDisqus)
The Baghdad government recaptured territory from Kurds across northern Iraq Tuesday, making startlingly rapid gains in a sudden campaign that has shifted the balance of power in the country almost overnight.In the second day of a lightning government advance to take back towns and countryside from forces of the Kurdish autonomous region, Kurdish troops known as peshmerga pulled out of the long disputed Khanaqin area near the Iran border.Government troops took control of the last two oil fields in the vicinity of Kirkuk, an oil city of 1 million people which the peshmerga abandoned the previous day in the face of the government forces' advance. Baghdad's military operation has redrawn the map of northern Iraq, rolling back gains by the Kurds who infuriated Baghdad last month by holding a vote on independence.Most of the advances appear to have come unopposed, with Kurds withdrawing before government forces move in.
FOLLOW THIS ARTICLE