A member of the Iraqi government forces stands guard in a humvee turret as another raises the Iraqi national flag from an oil silo at the Bai Hassan oil field, west of the multi-ethnic northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk, on October 19, 2017.
Kurdish peshmerga forces withdrew without a fight after federal government troops and militia entered Kirkuk, seizing the provincial governor's office and key military bases in response to a Kurdish vote for independence in September 2017. / AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE        (Photo credit should read AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)