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Iraq army takes last Kurd-held area of Kirkuk province: Sources

Iraqi forces clashed with Kurdish fighters Friday and retook control of the last sector of Kirkuk province in northern Iraq under the control of the Kurds

world Updated: Oct 20, 2017 14:31 IST
A cyclist gestures at Iraqi security forces, on a street of Kirkuk, Iraq October 19, 2017.
A cyclist gestures at Iraqi security forces, on a street of Kirkuk, Iraq October 19, 2017. (Reuters Photo)

Iraqi forces clashed with Kurdish fighters Friday and retook control of the last sector of Kirkuk province in northern Iraq under the control of the Kurds, a security official said.

“The army, police and counter-terrorism forces entered the centre of the Altun Kupri region,” just 50 kilometres (30 miles) from the Iraqi Kurdish capital of Arbil, said the source, asking not to be named.

“There were clashes but they managed to launch the assault... and hoist the flag on the municipality building.”