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Iraq Sends Troops To Take Kirkuk And Oil Fields Back From Kurds

Iraqi forces use heavy equipment to damage a poster of Iraqi Kurdish President Massoud Barzani on the southern outskirts of Kirkuk, as Baghdad seeks to take control of the city from the Kurds. / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / Getty Images

Saying Iraq is in danger of "partition," Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has sent troops to take control of Kirkuk — the city that Kurdish fighters took from ISIS three years ago after the Iraqi military refused to fight. In addition to Iraq's stability, rich oil revenues are also at stake.

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