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Iraq army launches operation to retake disputed Kirkuk

AFP  |  Kirkuk (Iraq) 

Iraqi troops today launched operations to retake Kurdish-held positions in the disputed province of as tensions soar after an independence vote last month, a general told AFP.

"Iraqi armed force are advancing to retake their positions that were taken over during the events of June 2014," the general told AFP by telephone, asking not to be identified.

In 2014, when the Islamic State group swept through areas north and west of Baghdad, many units of the Iraqi collapsed and Kurdish peshmerga forces stepped in to take over.

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First Published: Fri, October 13 2017. 14:32 IST