Iraq Kurds seize Kirkuk; Sunni militants surge toward Baghdad

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Iraqi Kurds seized control of the northern oil city of Kirkuk on Thursday, while surging Sunni Islamist rebels advanced towards Baghdad, as the central government’s army abandoned its posts in a rapid collapse that has lost it control of the north. Peshmerga fighters, the security forces of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish north, swept into Kirkuk after the army abandoned its posts there, a peshmerga spokesman said. Armed Conflicts Iraq Armed Forces National Government Government Baghdad (Iraq) Democracy Petroleum Industry Wars and Interventions Mosul (Iraq) Ankara (Turkey) Nouri Maliki Al-Qaeda NATO Joe Biden White House Ayman al-Zawahri “The whole of Kirkuk has fallen into the hands of…

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