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Iraqi government forces took control of “vast areas” in the region of Kirkuk, including oil fields west of the city, in the early hours of Monday, Iraqi state TV said, but the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) disputed the assertions.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi gave orders to the security forces “to impose security in Kirkuk in cooperation with the population of the city and the peshmerga,” the TV said.

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