Iraqi Forces Move on Territory Seized by Kurds

ERBIL, Iraq—Iraqi forces advanced toward the oil-rich city of Kirkuk, the first concrete step to restore federal government control over disputed territories seized by the Kurds during the war against Islamic State.

Friday’s move follows a controversial referendum in which the Kurds, who run their own semi-autonomous region in northern Iraq, voted overwhelmingly in favor of independence in defiance of Baghdad, regional powers and the U.S, which warned it would distract from the final battles to defeat Islamic State.

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