Kirkuk operation

Members of Iraqi federal forces gather to continue to advance in military vehicles in Kirkuk, Iraq October 16, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES
People in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk on Monday have poured into the streets to celebrate after the army seized key installations outside the city from Kurdish forces.

The Iraqi army, counter-terrorism troops and Popular Mobilization Units made rapid advances throughout the oil-rich region less than a day after the beginning of their offensive.

They took control of the town of Tuz Khormato, oil and gas installations, a power plant, a major military base and Kirkuk airport.

Counter-terrorism forces took control of the governor’s office in central Kirkuk and a local police station in the center of the city.

According to a spokesman, the PMU forces have achieved all their goals and they will remain on the western side of the city without entering Kirkuk.

Peshmerga fighters have fled to the capital of the Kurdistan semi-autonomous region, Erbil.