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Kurds flee in the face of Iraq government advance

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 01:21

The Baghdad government recaptured territory across the breadth of northern Iraq from Kurds on Tuesday, making rapid gains in a sudden campaign that has shifted the balance of power in the country almost overnight. Scarlett Cvitanovich reports.

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Waiting outside a morgue to collect the bodies of their loved ones... Kurdish Peshmerga fighters who were killed when Iraqi forces took the oil-city of Kirkuk from them on Monday (October 16). The Kurds have held a wide crescent of territory in northern Iraq after helping drive out Islamic State fighters. But have been rolled back by Iraq's lightening quick campaign. Even pulling out of a long disputed area near the Iranian border. The swift takeover continued on Tuesday (October 17) as Iraqi forces reclaimed territory across northern Iraq. Pushing open a new front in the country's 14-year civil war and sparking a jump in global oil prices. Peshmerga fighters moved in to Kirkuk and defended the area's oilfields in 2014, after Iraqi government forces were driven out by jihadists. Now the two sides are clashing, with the Kurdistan Regional Government paying a price for an independence referendum last month. Instability in the region has boosted global oil prices. Brent crude futures, the international benchmark, over 58 dollars on Tuesday - up almost a third from its mid-year levels. The Iraqi Oil Ministry has now confirmed all oil facilities in Kirkuk province are back under government control.

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Kurds flee in the face of Iraq government advance

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 01:21