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Kurdish forces, known as Peshmerga, took control of the Iraqi military headquarters in Kirkuk, in the country's north, on Saturday after clashes with militants. (June 14)

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Kirkuk, Iraq - 14 June 2014

1. Tracking shot from inside car, peshmerga convoy entering Dijlah operation headquarters (Iraqi military headquarters) in Kirkuk; fire burning in distance

2. Various of peshmerga forces firing on militants

3. Man injured in clashes being helped towards vehicle

4. Peshmerga forces firing from back of truck

5. Peshmerga forces running past burnt out vehicle

6. Vehicle on fire on side of road

7. Wide of car turning around with shots heard in background

8. Peshmerga forces

STORYLINE:

Kurdish forces took control of the Iraqi military headquarters in Kirkuk, in the country's north, on Saturday after clashes with militants.

The Kurdish forces, known as peshmerga, clashed with militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

Kirkuk, 180 miles (290 kilometres) north of Baghdad, is home to Arabs, Kurds and Turkmen, who all have competing claims to the oil-rich area.

Kurds have long wanted to incorporate it into their self-ruled region, but Arabs and Turkmen are opposed.

The Kurdish takeover of the long-disputed city comes days after ISIL and other Sunni militants seized much of the country's second largest city of Mosul and Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit before driving south toward Baghdad.

Their lightning advance has plunged the country into its worst crisis since the 2011 withdrawal of US troops.

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