Iraqi, Peshmerga forces standoff as tensions rise in disputed Kirkuk

Kurdish Peshmerga forces have rejected a warning from Iraqi troops to withdraw from an area south of the disputed oil province of Kirkuk.

The contested position controls access to an airbase and oilfields in the region.

Tension has been rising since Kurds voted overwhelmingly for secession from Iraq last month.

Al Jazeera's Charles Stratford reports from west of Kirkuk.

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