Iraq PM demands Kurdish forces leave disputed city

By REUTERS
March 3, 2011 20:20

 
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BAGHDAD - Iraq's prime minister asked the Kurdistan Regional Government on Thursday to remove thousands of troops surrounding the oil-rich northern city of Kirkuk without central government permission, a cabinet source said.

The government of the semi-autonomous northern region moved the heavily armed peshmerga troops into position around Kirkuk last week to secure the city from threatened attacks during mass protests, a senior Kurdish official said.

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