Iraq has taken control of key areas of the dispute city of Kirkuk, seizing the worldwide airport, a key oil field and a military base in what is an oil-rich area bordering the Kurdistan Region.
On Monday, Iraqi forces, backed by Shia militias, said they had taken control of the city's global airport, an oil field, the strategic K1 military base and the Taza Khormatu district in the south-east of the city, leading to reports of hundreds of armed Kurdish residents to take up positions inside the city in anticipation of an attack.
Prime Minister Haidar Abadi ordered security forces "to impose security in Kirkuk in cooperation with the population of the city and the Peshmerga".
Tensions are escalating between Baghdad and the region of Kurdistan after the Kurds held the September controversial referendum on the independence of the Kurdistan region and the disputed areas.
He called on "all citizens to cooperate with the armed forces" who had been tasked with "protecting civilians in the first degree and imposing security and order and protecting the facilities and institutions of the state".
Iraqi Army Captain Hamed al-Obeidi told Anadolu Agency that "hundreds" of Kurdish families had recently fled Kirkuk following the arrival of Iraqi government forces to the city's southern entrance.
The Defense Department remains focused on the fight against ISIS, a terrorist organization that threatens the states in the region and the worldwide community, Manning said.
Washington has trained and equipped the advancing Iraqi troops and the peshmerga Kurdish forces on the other side. The U.S. has armed, trained and provided vital air support to both sides in their shared struggle and called the frictions a distraction against the most important fight.
There were clashes between Kurdish and Shi'ite Turkmen groups in another city, Tuz Khormatu, about 75 km (47 miles) south of Kirkuk, but no casualties were reported.
Kurdish claims are based off the 1957 Iraqi census, the last held in the province, which showed Kurds to be a majority in Kirkuk province, although the Turkmen and Arabs could claim a majority in Kirkuk city proper.
The military action in Kirkuk helped spur a jump in world oil prices on Monday.
It remains unclear how far Iraq's army and its militia partners intend to advance, but the importance of Kirkuk and the complexity of the armed alliances increase the "potential for political and military miscalculations", said Glen Ransom, Iraq analyst at Control Risks in Dubai. Abadi's office said the militias would remain on the outskirts of Kirkuk rather than enter the city.
The Kurdish secession bid was strongly opposed by neighbours Iran and Turkey. Early Monday Iraqi forces began moving to evict Kurds from a military base and oil fields. Kamran Kardaghi, a Kurdish commentator and former chief of staff to Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, who died last week says that "the Kurdish leadership never expected that there would be such consequences to the referendum".
The peshmerga are, in turn, divided between two parties, the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) and Kurdish President Masoud Barzani's Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP).
Both parties control their own Peshmerga units. Washington, allied with the Kurds for decades, had pleaded in vain for them to cancel the vote, arguing that it could lead to regional war and the breakup of Iraq.
The status of Kirkuk and fate of the Kurds were left unsettled 14 years ago when a US-led invasion toppled Saddam. The fighting is believed to have been between Kurdish forces and Shia militias, which have also been instrumental in the war on ISIS.
During the years of USA occupation that ensued, Washington leaned on its Kurdish allies to keep their ambitions in check to avoid triggering another war amid an insurgency by Sunni Muslim Arabs.
Baghdad and the Kurds have long-running disputes over oil exports, extraction and sharing oil revenues.
"The referendum came at a time where the country is fighting against terrorism that has come in the form of ISIL".
The family that owns the house that the White family lived in on AMC's Breaking Bad has chose to build a fence around their home. Why pizza, I hear you cry? She said that most days, she feels like she can't even leave it because something will happen.
Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer kicked off the latest round by announcing an agreement on a chapter on competition. Rules of origin will be discussed by negotiators today, Sunday and Monday, according to an agenda obtained by Bloomberg.
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr . left the field on a cart Sunday afternoon with an apparent left leg injury. The Giants lead the Los Angeles Chargers , also without a win through four games, 9-7 late in the second quarter.
The current travel time of about 16 hours is expected to reduce at least 2 hours after the introduction of the new Rajdhani. Under this, the base fare increases by 10 per cent with every 10 per cent of berths sold, subject to a prescribed limit.
Wubbels has faulted officers from the university for refusing to intervene in her arrest after she asked for their help. The statements made by Payne and Tracy during their Internal Affairs investigations were redacted from Brown's letters.
How will the draw work? The Indian football team rose two spots to 105th position in the FIFA rankings released on Monday. The Azzurri are only in the play-offs because they had the misfortune of being in the same qualifying group as Spain.
Bob Corker (R-Tennessee), who said Trump has " castrated " his secretary of state by stepping over Tillerson's diplomatic duties. I wish there were more Republicans in Congress who would publicly condemn Trump for his despicable behavior and actions.
The temple, situated in the Pathanamthitta district of Kerala, restricts women aged between 10 and 50 from visiting the premises. The Indian Young Lawyers' Association filed a petition in the SC challenging the ban on entry of women in the Sabarimala temple.
He needed several minutes of medical attention and sat on a chair on the back of the court, wincing in obvious distress. Zverev, 20, had an in-match meltdown when he lost the fifth game of the final set after having a 40-15 lead.
Romelu Lukaku heads in the winning goal for Belgium in Greece, punching the Red Devils' ticket to the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The 24-year-old did not travel to Sarajevo and instead stayed behind in Brussels to continue his rehabilitation.
It's unclear if Puerto Rico's stressed telecom companies even have the resources to partner with Google on this endeavor. It also took the step of creating its Hurricane Recovery Task Force that will work on restoring services to the islands.
Asia Cup Hockey: India thrashes Pakistan 3-1, tops Pool A
Contrary to the win, Pakistan had the first real scoring chance when they earned their first penalty corner but they wasted it. Twitter came alive after the match with several celebrities, among others, congratulating the Indian team on the superb win.
Tejas Express food makes 26 ill
As per an ANI, L K Verma, CPRO, Konkan Railway said, "All passengers taken to Lifecare Hospital at Maharashtra's Chiplun". Of the 24 passengers, three are in the intensive care unit but an official said there was no risk to their lives.
Series decider abandoned in Hyderabad
The city has been receiving good rainfall nearly on a daily basis for about a week, throwing normal life out of gear. It took close to 90 minutes of deliberating before the match was finally abandoned, leaving the series deadlocked.
US Bombers Fly Over Korean Peninsula in Show of Force
Seoul says North Korea has repeatedly staged cyberattacks on South Korean business and government websites. The Pentagon also declined to comment specifically on reports of the potential breach, but spokesman Col.
'Canyon Fire 2' Rages Through Orange County Hills
October 9, the fire is 0 percent contained, according to the Orange County Fire Authority's website . At least 1,500 homes were destroyed as over two dozen wildfires spread through the area on Monday.