Kurdish Peshmerga fighters ride in a vehicule in the Southwest of Kirkuk, Iraq October 13, 2017. REUTERS/Ako Rasheed
October 15, 2017
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraqi forces took control of “vast areas” in the oil-rich region of Kirkuk without opposition from Kurdish Peshmerga, state TV said on Monday.
The announcement came after reports that Iraqi forces began moving at around midnight toward an important airbase and oilfields located west of the city.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi gave orders to the security forces “to impose security in Kirkuk in cooperation with the population and the Peshmerga,” the TV said.
(Reporting by Maher Chmaytelli; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)