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Iraq says in full control of Kirkuk oil fields

Oil-rich Kirkuk is claimed by both Baghdad and Erbil

17.10.2017
Iraq says in full control of Kirkuk oil fields KIRKUK, IRAQ - OCTOBER 17: Iraqi forces take security measurements at the controls points as vehicles are seen on their way back to Kirkuk after Iraqi forces retake the control of the city center from Peshmerga forces in Kirkuk, Iraq on October 17, 2017. Iraqi forces on Monday seized full control of the city center as well as Kirkuk's Airport, 70th brigade command of Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), Kirkuk's Northern Oil Company, the Baba Gurgur oil field and K1 Military base in southeastern Kirkuk as part of a military operation in the oil-rich city of Kirkuk. The Iraqi army on Monday launched an operation in the oil-rich Kirkuk city on Monday amid tension over last month’s illegitimate independence referendum in northern Iraq’s Kurdish region. Iraqi forces and the Hashd al-Shaabi militia, which supports the government, also seized full control of Tuz Khurmatu district following clashes with Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga forces. ( Salih Bilici - Anadolu Agency )

By Haydar Hadi

BAGHDAD

All oil fields and facilities in Kirkuk province are now under the full control of Iraq’s Oil Ministry, a ministry spokesman said Tuesday.

“The ministry now holds also oil wells and facilities in Kirkuk,” Asim Cihad told Anadolu Agency.

On Monday, Iraqi forces captured Kirkuk, three weeks after the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) held a referendum on the secession of northern Iraq’s Kurdish region

Oil-rich Kirkuk is claimed by both Baghdad and Erbil.

In 2014, Kurdish forces took control of much of the province when the Daesh terrorist group swept through northern Iraq and the army collapsed.

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