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  Kurdish forces start to leave Kirkuk
Updated 12 April 2003, 15.22
A young Kurdish peshmerga fighter loyal to the PUK walks through the streets of Kirkuk
Kurdish soldiers have started to pull back from the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk which they seized from Saddam Hussein's regime on Thursday.

US forces are bringing in more troops to try to establish control in the city.

The Kurdish forces are sticking to their promise that they would move away from the oil-rich city.


Turkey - the country directly to the north of Iraq - is unhappy about the Kurds taking Kirkuk, which the US asked the Kurds not to do.

Turkey is worried that Kurdish people may try and build their own new country in the north of Iraq.

Meanwhile, the coalition is also trying to bring back calm in cities that have been hit by violence and looting.

Aid agencies are refusing to go into some areas because it's too dangerous.

And troops are moving towards Saddam's home town of Tikrit and have started taking control of the northern city of Mosul.

Other main points

  • Syria has been warned by US president George Bush not to shelter Saddam Hussein or any other senior Iraqi leaders
  • Tens of thousands of peace campaigners are taking to the streets of London to protest against the continuing war
  • Violence continues in the southern city of Basra, where British soldiers shot and killed five men as they tried to rob a bank


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