Iraq Kurds take Kirkuk
According to Reuters, Security forces of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region fought off ISIL militants to seize oil-rich Kirkuk after Iraqi security forces dropped their weapons and deserted the city.
“The whole of Kirkuk has fallen into the hands of peshmerga. No Iraqi army remains in Kirkuk now,” said Jabbar Yawar.
Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has been criticized for his inability to fight off the Islamist militants. Iraq’s parliament is set to hold a session on Thursday to vote on declaring a state of emergency in Iraq.
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