Iraqi parliament ‘gives mandate’ to PM Abadi to deploy troops in disputed oil region Kirkuk

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SHAFAQNA – The Iraqi parliament has “given mandate” to the country’s prime minister to deploy troops in the disputed oil region of Kirkuk, Reuters reports.

It comes after a Kurdistan independence referendum in which the majority of Kurds voted “yes,” according to Iraqi Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani.

The vote has been deemed illegal and “unconstitutional” by Baghdad.

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