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In Kirkuk, the Next Phase of Iraq's Conflict Begins

Oct 16, 2017 | 02:55 GMT
Iraqi Army personnel pause on their advance toward Kurdish peshmerga positions on the southern outskirts of Kirkuk, Oct. 15.

Iraqi Army personnel pause on their advance toward Kurdish peshmerga positions on the southern outskirts of Kirkuk, Oct. 15. The presidents of Iraq and the Kurdistan region are attempting to defuse an escalating crisis after a deadline for Kurdish forces to withdraw from disputed positions was extended by 24 hours.

(AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)

The Kurdistan Regional Government doesn't want to give up its valuable leverage over the oil-rich city, but that doesn't mean it wants to start a war with the Iraqi central government either....

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