Baghdad launches Kirkuk operation as Kurds mobilize | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Baghdad launches Kirkuk operation as Kurds mobilize

The Iraqi army launched an operation to retake Kurdish-held positions around the disputed oil city of Kirkuk Friday amid a bitter row with the Kurds over a vote for independence last month.

A senior Kurdish official said thousands of heavily armed fighters had been deployed to resist the offensive "at any cost" and called for international intervention with the federal government in Baghdad to prevent the confrontation worsening.

But a Kurdish pullback, as reported by local media, appeared to have avoided a military confrontation.

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