Iraqi forces took over Prde town also known as Altun Kupri, 11 days ago but normalcy has not returned to the town. Prde stands at the frontline between Iraqi forces and Kurdish peshmerga. Prde is 52km south of Erbil and was retaken by the Iraqi forces on 20th of October after a fierce battle which lasted for over 12 hours. The fighting has closed the road n important artery between Kirkuk and Erbil. Iraqi forces moved into the area after they were ordered by the Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi to retake the disputed territories from the Kurdish forces. Both Iraqi and Kurdish forces suffered casualties on 20th of October.