Pro-Government Iraqi Militias Continue Offensive Against Kurds

(Reuters-CNBC) Iraqi pro-government paramilitaries launched an offensive against Kurdish troops on Tuesday in Rabi'a, 40 km. south of the Fish-Khabur area near the Turkish border. The area is strategically vital because oil from both Kurdish and government-held parts of northern Iraq cross at a pipeline there into Turkey, the main route for international export. Baghdad says the oil export pipeline hub must come under its control, but Fish-Khabur is located within the Kurdish autonomous region and has been under Kurdish control since 1991.

2017-10-25 00:00:00

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