kirkuk - The Iraqi army has not been commissioned to enter the town of Kirkuk. The soldiers were instructed only to secure the surrounding areas, said an affected commander at the press office Reuters.
The Iraqi forces brought in northern Iraq areas belonging to the Kurds. The national authorities later announced that Kirkuk Airport and other important infrastructure had to be re-owned.
The town of Kirkuk is located just outside the autonomous Kurdish zone in Iraq. According to local authorities, thousands of people have been killed. Kurdish warriors took the city in 2014 when Iraqi troops retreated during the rise of Islamic State.
The Kurdish authorities and the government in Baghdad have been on a ramp rate since last month's referendum. Then voters voted in the Kurdish areas for independence. Baghdad is strongly opposed.