The Iraqi government is making good on their threats to take Kurkuk from the Kurds.
Iraqi Kurdish officials said early Monday that federal forces and state-backed militias have launched a “major, multi-pronged” attack aimed at retaking the disputed northern city of Kirkuk, causing “lots of casualties” in fighting south of the city.
Kurdish forces known as the Peshmerga were digging in at the edge of the international airport after withdrawing from their positions outside the city. Hundreds of armed Kurdish residents were taking up positions inside the city anticipating an attack.
Residents of the multi-ethnic city, home to some one million Arabs, Kurds, Turkmen and Christians, stayed inside and reported hearing sporadic booms they said sounded like shelling and rocket fire.
From CIW NEWS Contributor
Kirkuk, Kirkuk Governorate, Iraq
Iraq (IQ) is estimated to have a population of 36.8 million with a growth rate during 2010-2015 of 3.3% pa.
At the same rate of change, in five years' time its population will increase by 6.5 million.