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Disputed territories crisis easing

The Iraqi Army and Kurdish forces have agreed to end a huge military escalation in Iraq's disputed territories despite recent bombings apparently aimed at destabilizing the area.
Peshmerga forces massed in Baynah Noor, north of Kirkuk. (STAFF/Iraq Oil Report)

Iraqi leaders in the central government and the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region appear to be stepping back from the brink of open warfare.

They agreed Monday to withdraw the thousands of troops deployed in the past week to Iraq's disputed territories, following a fatal Nov. 16 shootout between the two sides. The deal appears to be holding despite deadly bombings Tuesday in Kirkuk and Baghdad that may have been designed to provoke conflict.

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