Iraq Launches Advance on Kurdish Territory, Seizes Kirkuk Outskirts

Members of Iraqi federal forces are seen near the oil fields in Kirkuk, Iraq. October 16, 2017. / Reuters

BAGHDAD, Iraq (Reuters) — Iraq’s central government forces launched an advance early on Monday into territory held by Kurds, seizing a swathe of countryside surrounding the oil city of Kirkuk in a bold military response to a Kurdish vote last month on independence.