Jihadist drive allows Kurds to take disputed areas

June 15, 2014 12:41 AM

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BAGHDAD: A major offensive by jihadists is allowing Iraqi Kurds to take control of disputed territory that Baghdad has long opposed them adding to their autonomous northern region.

With federal forces abandoning their posts, Kurdish forces, known as peshmerga, are filling the vacuum in some areas – defending them from the militants but also putting them under Kurdish control.

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