U.S. steps in to ease conflict as Iraqi forces seize Kirkuk

Oct 17, 2017, 5:28 AM EDT
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(Source: The U.S. Army)

The U.S. on Tuesday voiced concern over reports of violence around the city of Kirkuk as the Iraqi forces took full control of the disputed province in less a day after launching a major military operation.

The clashes between Baghdad and the Kurds in the wake of an "unconstitutional" referendum risk opening up a new front in a turbulent Iraq and could draw in regional powers such as Turkey and Iran, notes Reuters.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert called on both sides to exercise joint administration by the central and regional governments in adherence with the Iraqi constitution, notes the BBC.