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Middle East

A young boy carries a Kurdish flag on top of a car in the disputed city of Kirkuk, Iraq. Federal forces have started to move in on the city, which lies in the heart of Iraq’s oil-rich region. Photo: AP

What are the Kurds and Iraqi forces are fighting over?

The crisis between Iraq’s central government and the autonomous Kurdish region is rooted in a long-standing dispute over territory stretching from the Syrian border to the frontier with Iran.