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Clashes as Iraq army takes last Kurd-held area of Kirkuk province

Kirkuk - Iraqi forces clashed with Kurdish fighters Friday as the central government said it had wrested back control of the last area of disputed Kirkuk province in the latest stage of a sweeping operation after a controversial independence vote.

Clashes as Iraq army takes last Kurd-held area of Kirkuk province

Kirkuk - Iraqi forces clashed with Kurdish peshmerga fighters Friday and retook control of the last sector of the disputed province of Kirkuk, with a general killed in the fighting, security sources said.

Balance of power shifts in Iraq's multi-ethnic Kirkuk

Kirkuk - With the return of Kirkuk to Iraqi control, the balance of power appears to have shifted between the ethnic communities in the Kurdish-majority city, to the delight of its Turkmen residents.

Kirkuk Kurds hail independence vote as Arabs, Turkmen wary

Kirkuk - For Iraqi Kurds, the purple finger tip is a badge of honour, a sign that they have voted in Monday's referendum on independence for the autonomous northern region.

Iraq MPs sack Kirkuk governor over Kurd independence vote

Baghdad - Iraq's parliament voted on Thursday to sack the governor of oil-rich Kirkuk over his decision for the northern province to vote in a Kurdish independence referendum opposed by Baghdad.

Kirkuk provincial council in Iraq flies Kurdish flag on buildings

The province of Kirkuk in Iraq has just voted for a referendum to determine if the region will join the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) or remain part of the Baghdad government.

Attack in Iraq's Kirkuk over, 74 IS jihadists dead: governor

Kirkuk - Iraqi security forces on Monday ended an attack by the Islamic State group in Kirkuk city, killing at least 74 jihadists in three days of clashes, the provincial governor said.

Kirkuk raid offers glimpse of post-caliphate IS: analysts

Baghdad - The jihadist assault on the Iraqi city of Kirkuk is typical of the kind of attacks the Islamic State group is likely to carry out after its "caliphate" falls apart, analysts said.

Air raid near Iraq's Kirkuk kills 15 women: officials

Kirkuk - An air strike killed 15 women on Friday at a shrine near the city of Kirkuk in northern Iraq, local officials and medics said.

IS executes 20 opponents in northern Iraq: Officials

Kirkuk - The Islamic State jihadist group executed 20 people who wanted to fight against them in the northern Iraqi province of Kirkuk, officials said on Monday.

Top Iraq Kurd officer among six killed in IS attack

Kirkuk - The Islamic State jihadist group killed a senior Kurdish commander and five other fighters on Friday in a major attack in Iraq's Kirkuk province, an officer and a doctor said.

IS seizes dozens in northern Iraq

Kirkuk - The Islamic State jihadist group seized dozens of men from two villages in northern Iraq on Friday while searching for people who burned its flag, officials and residents said.

Turkmen minority in Kirkuk form militia after Kurdish takeover

Kirkuk - The takeover of Kirkuk by Kurdish Peshmerga the Kurds claim is designed to protect the city from any jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant ((ISIL) attack is greeted with suspicion by the large minorities of Arab and Turkmen residents of the city.

Shift to Kurdish control raises fears in Iraq's Kirkuk

Kirkuk - The rapid shift to Kurdish control in Iraq's ethnically mixed oil city of Kirkuk is a step toward a long-held dream for Kurds but has sparked fears among other groups.

ISIL jihadists' offensive in Iraq helps Kurds take new territory

Kirkuk - The self-defense forces of the Kurdish autonomous area in northern Iraq called the Peshmerga have taken advantage of the offensive of the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) to occupy and defend the city of Kirkuk.

Jihadists seize areas in Iraq's Kirkuk province, say police

Kirkuk - Jihadists seized several areas in Iraq's Kirkuk province on Tuesday, a police officer said, after the militants took control of a whole province to its west.

Jihadists seize areas in Iraq's Kirkuk province, say police

Kirkuk - Jihadists seized several areas in Iraq's Kirkuk province on Tuesday, a police officer said, after the militants took control of a whole province to its west.

Iraqi PM willing to work on fragile relations with Turkey

Baghdad - The Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki announced on Friday that he would gladly work on reconciling Iraq's relations with Turkey.

Terrorist attacks on mosques in Iraq

Baghdad - At least 23 people have been killed in multiple car bomb attacks near Shia mosques in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad and Kirkuk on Friday. The attacks injured more than 90 people.

Video: Cameraman escapes deadly blast — At least 34 die in Iraq

Kirkuk - Car bombs and suicide bombers have killed at least 34 people across Iraq on Sunday. In the video, a cameraman caught the moment of the second car bomb exploding.

Iraq: 45 killed in co-ordinated bomb attacks

Simultaneous bomb attacks have been carried out in Iraq killing at least 45 people, notable targets included the cities of Karbala and Kirkuk.

Iraq's northern region fears conflict after American withdrawal

Kirkuk - Officials and residents in Kirkuk, a nothern city in Iraq, are concerned about the eruption of ethnic hostilities after American troops withdraw from the country at the end of the year.

Marketplace Bomb Overshadows US Troop Withdrawals in Iraq

With a national holiday being celebrated in Iraq to mark the handover by US troops to Iraqi forces, there was a reminder again of the fragile situation that still exists there.

Kirkuk hit by multiple attacks

Terrorists killed two persons and destroyed an under-construction Shiite mosque in Kirkuk, which is Iraq's northern oil hub.
 

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