IRAQ-LD KIRKUK - Baghdad launches Kirkuk operation as Kurd fighters mobilise
Contributed by NAMPA / PTI.
Kirkuk (Iraq), Oct 13 (AFP) The Iraqi army launched an operation to retake Kurdish-held positions around the disputed oil city of Kirkuk today amid a bitter row with the Kurds over a vote for independence last month.
A senior Kurdish official said thousands of heavily armed fighters had been deployed to resist the offensive "at any cost" and called for international intervention with the federal government in Baghdad to prevent the confrontation worsening.
The Iraqi army and the Kurdish peshmerg ...