Iran-backed groups have lost significant ground in Iraq but Tehran still has some supporters to help it keep its influence over the neighbouring country.
A poor economy, political instability and insecurity in Iraq's Kurdish Regional Government persist ahead of Iraq's national parliamentary election on May 12.
Baghdad 's seizure of Kirkuk and swathes of northern Iraq has left the Kurds defeated, divided and displaced.
The White House urged Iraq's Kurdish leaders to cancel the September 25 vote on independence, saying the move is a distraction from the efforts to defeat Daesh. Germany has also renewed its opposition to the vote.
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