Kurdish forces attack Islamic State west of Kirkuk

March 9, 2015 8:30 AM

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ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - Kurdish forces attacked Islamic State positions around the oil-rich city of Kirkuk in northern Iraq at dawn on Monday, backed by heavy air strikes from a U.S.-led coalition.

Speaking to a local television channel near the frontline, Kirkuk governor Najmaldin Karim, who was wearing a helmet, said the purpose of the offensive was to drive militants away from the city.

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