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Iraqi forces remove Kurdish flag from Kirkuk government building - residents

Monday, October 16, 2017 - 01:03

Iraqi government forces captured the major Kurdish-held oil city of Kirkuk on Monday, responding to a Kurdish referendum on independence with a bold lightning strike that transforms the balance of power in the country. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. Iraqi forces removed on Monday (October 16) the Kurdish flag that was hoisted on the governorate building in April next to the Iraqi flag, said residents, adding that only the Iraqi flag was flying. A U.S.-trained Iraqi elite unit took control of the governorate building earlier in the day, meeting no opposition from Kurdish forces deployed in the city. They were welcomed by cheering crowds of Turkmen residents of the city who drove around in convoy firing bursts of gunfire into the air to celebrate the Iraqi military operation launched in the early hours of Monday to take control of Kurdish-held positions in the oil-rich region.

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Iraqi forces remove Kurdish flag from Kirkuk government building - residents

Monday, October 16, 2017 - 01:03