According to the Iraqi defense forces' statement, the Iraqi troops gained control over the K-1 military base, Baba Gurgur and Bai Hassan oil fields, as well as over Kirkuk's irrigation system. The statement added that the Iraqi forces gained control over North Gas Company's (NGC) gas facility and gas refinery, a power plant and a police station.
Tarklan settlement and Baiji town, as well as two checkpoints in the province, are also under control of Iraqi forces, as they continue to advance, the statement read.
The deployment of Iraqi troops to the region was approved by the country's government after the Kurdish independence referendum on September 25, which was declared illegal by Baghdad. Kirkuk held the vote too, despite not being a part of Iraqi Kurdistan.
Late on Sunday, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi ordered the country’s army and police to secure bases and federal installations in Kirkuk, but avoid confrontations with the Kurdish forces. He also ordered to cooperate with Peshmerga militia and avoid confrontations. However, local media reported that clashes had already taken place between the Iraqi forces and the Kurdish Peshmerga.
The oil-rich Iraqi province of Kirkuk participated in September’s Kurdish independence referendum, despite not being part of Iraqi Kurdistan.
In 2014, Peshmerga liberated the oil-rich province of Kirkuk from the terrorists of Daesh (banned in Russia). Since then, the region has been controlled by Kurdish authorities.