Iraqi forces take control of Kurdish-held areas in Mosul
Iraqi forces have taken control of areas previously held by Kurdish forces of Peshmerga in Mosul’s Nineveh province in northern Iraq, a military statement said on Wednesday.

The areas were evacuated by Kurdish Peshmerga fighters before the arrival of the Iraqi forces on Tuesday, the statement said.

The Mosul Dam, northwest of the city, is among the positions retaken from the Peshmerga, the military statement said.

Responding to a Kurdish referendum on independence held last month, Iraqi government forces backed by paramilitary groups captured the Kurdish-held oil region of Kirkuk on Monday, transforming the country’s balance of power.

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi ordered the retaking of Kirkuk on Monday, as well as all disputed areas claimed by both the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government and the central authorities in Baghdad.

Reporter’s code: 50101

News Code: 17314  |  Date: 2017/10/18  |  Time: 14 : 22

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