Federal forces launch offensive for Feyshkabour

Iraqi troops attempt to cross the Peshmerga line in a bid to control a strategic choke point for northern oil exports.
Rockets launched by Iraqi security forces against Kurdish Peshmerga positions in the area of Feyshkabour, located on the Turkish and Syrian borders in the Iraqi Kurdistan region. (AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)

ERBIL - Federal Iraqi troops attempted to gain control over a strategically important piece of territory at the intersection of the Iraqi, Syrian, and Turkish borders on Thursday, sparking a fight with Kurdish Peshmerga forces.

If the operation succeeds, Baghdad would gain the power to sever the oil pipeline link between the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and Turkey, which would further undermine the KRG's prospects for economic independence and oil sector autonomy.

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