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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Kurdish Fighting Eases

ZAKHU, Iraq () -- Fighting between rival Kurdish factions in northern Iraq has diminished and an Iraqi-backed group said Wednesday that Iranian troops who had been helping the other side have gone home.

The claim by the Kurdistan Democratic Party that Iranians were helping its opponents in the fighting over territory in northern Iraq was never confirmed.

Both the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, or PUK, and Iran deny Iranian involvement in the fighting.

The KDP, which with Iraqi backing drove the PUK from most major cities in northern Iraq in August, said Iranian troops withdrew from Iraqi territory on Tuesday.