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Iraq is gearing up for a potential conflict with its semi-autonomous Kurdistan region in a battle over the oil-rich land situated there, Al Jazeera reported on Sunday.

Kurdish soldiers and equipment have been mobilised and sent to the disputed area, 170km north of Baghdad, following a long-running feud regarding oil rights in the region. Baghdad has recently sought to regain control of contracts with big companies based in the country, after the Kurds took over post American invasion.

Iraq's parliament speaker, Osama al-Nujaifi, said on Saturday that "significant progress" had been made to resolve the stand-off. However, the latest troop movements raise the real possibility of armed conflict between the two sides: both parties have previously come close to battle, only pulling back at the last moment.
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