PressTV-US ‘not taking sides’ in Iraq dispute: Trump

The United States is not taking sides in an Iraqi-Kurdish dispute, claims President Donald Trump, as Iraqi forces have taken control of the Kurdish-held city of Kirkuk.

On Monday, Iraqi forces recaptured military bases, an oil field and other infrastructure held by the Kurdish troops, removed Kurdish flags from top of the government buildings and replaced them with the Iraqi flag.

The Iraqi troops were responding to a recent highly controversial Kurdish referendum on independence with a bold lightning strike that transforms the balance of power in the country.

And the government in Baghdad warned the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) not to take any measure that would cause a crude oil flow disruption from Kirkuk oil fields as Kurdish authorities reportedly shut down some 350,000 barrels per day (bpd) of production from two major fields in northern Iraq.

The KRG had halted oil production from major fields, Bai Hassan and Avana, due to…

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