Iraqi forces say in control of roads, infrastructure near Kirkuk

Agence France-Presse | Published at 12:15pm on October 16, 2017

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Iraqi forces drive towards Kurdish peshmerga positions on October 15, 2017, on the southern outskirts of Kirkuk. — AFP photo

Iraqi forces said Monday they had taken control of roads and infrastructure from Kurdish fighters near the disputed city of Kirkuk as tensions soar following a controversial independence referendum.

Iraq's Joint Operations Command, which groups all pro-government forces, said it was making progress in its operation to ‘restore security’ in Kirkuk.

Iraqi forces are aiming to retake military bases and oil fields which Kurdish peshmerga fighters took during the fightback against the Islamic State jihadist group.