Iraqi troops move to retake Kirkuk from Kurdish control

But it was adamantly opposed by the Iraqi central government, Iran, Turkey as well as traditional Kurdish allies such as the USA and Europeans, leaving Mr Barzani isolated in the face of superior forces.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi gave orders to the security forces "to impose security in Kirkuk in cooperation with the population of the city and the Peshmerga", the TV said.

The US-led coalition against IS called for dialogue between Iraqi and Kurdish authorities. The Kurdish region is presently entitled to 17% of Iraq's federal budget, of which the Kurds are expected to try to negotiate a bigger share, in addition to greater autonomy.

The Iraqi National Security Council calls this a "declaration of war towards Iraqis and government forces".

Baghdad considers last month's Kurdish independence vote illegal, especially as it was held not just in the autonomous region but in Kirkuk and other neighbouring areas the Kurdish Peshmerga occupied after driving out Islamic State.

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Brigadier General Bahzad Ahmed said Iraqi troops had "burnt lots of houses and killed many people" in Tuz Khurmatu and Daquq in the city's south. His claims could not be independently verified.

"The orders are to surround K-1 and oil fields and stop and call on the Kurdish forces to retreat", said a counterterrorism officer who declined to be named because of the sensitivity of the topic as the operation was launched. Ahmed al-Assadi said federal forces came under fire from "some rebels" after launching the operation early Monday and returned fire. He hopes to cast himself as a visionary for the Kurds, they say, even if he can't deliver on the dream of independence.

Turkey, which had developed a good working relationship with the Iraqi Kurds and let the landlocked region export oil through its pipes, has swung behind Baghdad, furious at a secession move that might ignite similar demands from its own Kurds. And while Iraq's oil revenues are supposed to be shared, disputes among the provinces have often held up transfers, leading parties to find leverage in holding the fields.

The government in Baghdad said the Peshmerga had withdrawn "without fighting".

Tensions between Baghdad and the regional Kurdish government have been tense in the wake of Kurdistan's independence referendum late last month where some 92.7 percent of voters chose to leave Iraq.

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"The United States provided equipment and training to the Government of Iraq to fight ISIS and secure itself from external threats - not to attack elements of one of its own regional governments, which is a longstanding and valuable partner of the United States", Sen.

A convoy of armoured vehicles from Iraq's elite US-trained Counter Terrorism Force seized Kirkuk's provincial government headquarters less than a day after the operation began, a Reuters reporter in Kirkuk said.

After Islamic State swept across a third of Iraq in 2014 and were subsequently driven out, the Kurds found themselves in their strongest position on the ground for generations.

Moreover, the United States senator underscored that Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and the Kurdish Regional Government should begin talks about Kurdish independence from Iraq at an appropriate time. The Iraqi side is also backed up by Shiite militia forces close to Iran - at a time when the Trump administration has intensified its rhetoric about trying to curb Iranian influence in the region, including increasing sanctions on Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps last week. However, some residents of the city and an Iraqi militia commander reported shelling.

Baghdad described the advance as largely unopposed, and urged the Kurdish security forces known as Peshmerga to cooperate in keeping the peace. Under article 140 of Iraqi's constitution, Kirkuk was supposed to hold a referendum on its status but the vote has been repeatedly delayed.

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Iraq's government barred global flights to and from the region and asked neighbouring Turkey and Iran to close their borders. It also froze currency transfers to four banks operating in the Kurdish region.

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