Iraqi Kurdish forces widen buffer around oil-rich city of Kirkuk

April 19, 2015 8:31 PM

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Iraqi Kurdish forces widen buffer around oil-rich city of Kirkuk

ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - Kurdish authorities said their forces, backed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes, drove Islamic State militants from an 84 square kilometer (32 sq mile) area in northern Iraq over the weekend, widening a buffer around the oil-rich city of Kirkuk.

The Kurdistan region's security council said in a statement at least 35 insurgents had been killed by its peshmerga forces in the offensive south of Kirkuk, which began on Saturday on two fronts.

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