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Dec 19, 2012 | 12:11 GMT

Iraq: Reports Of Clashes Near Kirkuk Untrue, Source Says

Reports that Kurdish Peshmerga forces fired on or shot down an Iraqi military plane Dec. 18 were false, an unnamed military source said Dec. 19, Shafaq News reported. According to a statement posted by the Kurdistan Regional Government, no clashes or plane crashes have occurred in the disputed region around Kirkuk in the past two days. The declining health of Iraqi President Jalal Talabani could exacerbate tensions between the Kurdish government and Baghdad.

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