Iraqi forces enter Kirkuk as Kurds flee

Iraqi government forces have entered central Kirkuk after taking key installations outside the disputed city from Kurdish fighters.

Thousands of people fled the city ahead of the Iraqi advance.

The Iraqi military moved into Kirkuk three weeks after the Kurdistan Region held a controversial independence referendum.

They are aiming to retake areas under Kurdish control since Islamic State militants swept through the region.

Residents of Kurdish-controlled areas, including Kirkuk, overwhelmingly backed secession from Iraq in a 25 September vote.

While Kirkuk is outside Iraqi Kurdistan, Kurdish voters in the city were allowed to take part.

Iraq’s prime minister, Haider al-Abadi, had denounced the vote as unconstitutional. But the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) insisted it was legitimate.

US officials said they were “engaged with all parties in Iraq to de-escalate tension”, while President Donald Trump said they were “not taking sides”.

“We don’t like the fact that they’re clashing,” he added.


the iraqi army basically walked in and took it all back..just like that..with the fall of raqqa complete we now await the emergence of a new “IS”..


~ by seeker401 on October 18, 2017.

2 Responses to “Iraqi forces enter Kirkuk as Kurds flee”

  1. 61,000 flee Kirkuk as Iraq says Kurdish independence ‘a thing of the past’

  2. Reblogged this on World Peace Forum.

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