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.
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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