Al Jazeera has recieved reports that there has been progress in talks between Kurdish military officials and the Iraqi central government.
The two sides are trying to defuse an armed confrontation over disputed territory.
But neither side has finalised a deal on how to deploy a joint armed force into the area, which is claimed by both Kurdish and Iraqi governments.
Al Jazeera's Omar al-Saleh reports from the South of Kirkuk.
Source: Al Jazeera