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DAMASCUS, SYRIA (5:20 P.M.) – Moments ago, the Iraqi Armed Forces and Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) imposed full control over the city of Kirkuk after surrounding it from three flanks, thereby prompting a mass retreat by a Kurdish Peshmerga garrison that narrowly avoided being encircled.

Hundreds of Humvees, BMP-1’s and technicals could be seen rolling towards the city centre around noon after entering Kirkuk from the city’s western and southern gates, prompting a mass exodus of civilians trying to flee towards Kurdish-held territory along the highway.

In addition, the Iraqi Army and PMU have taken control of Kirkuk International Airport and the neighboring K1 Air Base, both of which are located directly west of the city.

Although the Peshmerga by all accounts has left Kirkuk, a few dozen PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party) insurgents have set up camp in the city, refusing to surrender.

The Iraqi Army’s offensive in Kirkuk is seen as direct retalition against the Kurdish independence referendum. Sporadic clashes continue as we speak although casualties are low on both sides until now.

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Good news, indeed. Although English isn’t my native language I would write “BMP-1s” instead of “BMP-1’s” and “so far” instead of “until now”.

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How is it good news? This is not Iraqi land. The Iraqi government fled from it when tiny numbers of ISIS were in the area, and what they fail to defend is therefore not theirs to claim. So it belongs to the Kurds, and the government has no right to invade, especially on the premise that a referendum of the people was ILLEGAL(!!!). Everyone has the right to self-determination, and when the majority vote for independence, no-one has the right to tell them no.

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Everybody here knows you are an imbecile. So now when Kurds fled from it, it’s Iraqi again, you stupid f**k. It was NEVER Kurdish land but I understand you are so stupid you don’t know it.

So f*****g shalom, my k**e friend.

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I recommend everybody the article on voltairenet about the Kurds: http://www.voltairenet.org/article197440.html

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The series of articles on voltairenet about the mythic state of “Kurdistan” are very good. There is a long history involved here – Kurds were never people who had a homogenous state in the region. They were promised land roughly corresponding to the currently designated “Kurdish” lands by Western powers who had no right to promise it to them. The other group of people promised such a state? The Zionist Jews. That speaks volumes about the legitimacy of “Kurdistan”. In any case, to argue for the creation of ethnically pure states is a disgraceful, racist idea – many peoples live… Read more »

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Interesting to see the real military power of Kurdish forces when they are not riding with the Americans, paying off ISIS/Nusra/etc mercenaries on the way. The series of articles on voltairenet about the mythic state of “Kurdistan” are very good. There is a long history involved here – the Kurdish people never had a homogeneous state in the region. They were promised land roughly corresponding to the currently designated “Kurdish” lands by Western powers who had no right to promise it to them. The other group of people promised such a state? The Zionist Jews. That speaks volumes about the… Read more »

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@NZLex – The Entente promised states to about all nationalities in the Near East – but wanted to create colonies and to grab oil. Like the Arabs want to do now in the predominantly Kurdish settled regions like Kirkuk.

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back stabbing, thieving arabs. threw their guns away and ran from daesh not even destroying machinery then just walk back in after someone else did their fighting for them. scum of the earth