Iraq army takes last Kurd-held area of Kirkuk province

Kurdish security forces standing guard at a checkpoint in Altun Kupri prior to Iraqi forces' takeover of the region

KIRKUK - Iraqi forces clashed with Kurdish fighters Friday and retook control of the last sector of Kirkuk province in northern Iraq under the control of the Kurds, a security official said.
"The army, police and counter-terrorism forces entered the centre of the Altun Kupri region," just 50 kilometres (30 miles) from the Iraqi Kurdish capital of Arbil, said the source, asking not to be named.
"There were clashes but they managed to launch the assault... and hoist the flag on the municipality building."
It was not immediately clear whether there had been any casualties in the fighting.
The Iraqi forces have advanced into Kirkuk province largely unopposed as most Peshmerga forces withdrew without a fight.
The fighting at Altun Kupri marked only the second instance of significant violent resistance by the Kurds in Kirkuk province since Monday.