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Tens of thousands of Kurdish fighters deployed in Kirkuk to confront Iraqi 'threats'

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BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of Kurdish fighters are deployed in the multi-ethnic oil region of Kirkuk to confront possible “threats” from Iraqi forces, Kurdish TV channel Rudaw said on Friday, citing the vice-president of the Kurdistan region, Kosrat Rasul. “Tens of thousands of Kurdish Peshmerga and security forces are already stationed in and around Kirkuk,” he said. “At least 6,000 additional Peshmerga were deployed since Thursday night to face the Iraqi forces’ threat.”

(Reporting by Maher Chmaytelli; Editing by Gareth Jones)
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