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Altun Kupri town seized from Kurdish Peshmerga



Iraq's government says security forces have seized control of a town in the oil-rich province of Kirkuk, following manoeuvres that saw Iraq's Kurds surrender territory across the north and east of the country.

The federal army, backed by Shia paramilitaries, said they seized control of Altun Kupri, about 40km south of Erbil, on Friday after fierce fighting broke out between Iraqi government and Kurdish Peshmerga forces.
"Iraqi federal police and counterterrorism forces, along with Hashd al-Shaabi fighters, have deployed in - and imposed security on - the sub-district," the Iraqi defence ministry said in a statement.
"Altun Kupri is now under the total control of federal forces."

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