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U.N. Concerned About “Collective Punishment” of Arabs in Kirkuk

ERBIL, Iraq, Oct 25 – The United Nations voiced concern on Tuesday that Kurdish authorities had forced 250 displaced Sunni Arab families to leave Kirkuk after a Daesh attack on the Kurdish-controlled city, calling the move “collective punishment”. Lise Grande, the UN humanitarian coordinator for Iraq, told Reuters in an interview that the action came

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Displaced Sunnis Brace to Join Fight for Mosul

By Michael Georgy DEBAGA, Iraq, Oct 25 – Still limping four months after Daesh fighter fired a bullet into his leg, teenager Mustafa Muhammed says he and his fellow Sunni tribesmen are ready to join an offensive against the militants in their stronghold of Mosul. Sitting in a truck in a camp where they live

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Sunni Arabs Forced to Leave Kirkuk after Daesh Attack, Residents Say

KIRKUK, Iraq, Oct 25  – Hundreds of displaced Sunni Arab families have had to leave Kirkuk after a Daesh attack on the Kurdish-controlled city which authorities suspect was helped by Sunni sleeper cells, humanitarian workers and residents said on Tuesday. The Sunni families, who had been sheltering in Kurdish-controlled Kirkuk province from the conflict with Daesh,

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Ferocity of Kirkuk Attack Points to Tough Fight for Mosul

By Babak Dehghanpisheh and Michael Georgy KIRKUK, Iraq, Oct 25 – At least 100 fighters sneaked into Kirkuk in the early hours of Friday with machine guns, rocket propelled grenades, suicide vests and a message: “Daesh has taken over.” The message blared out from several mosque loudspeakers while the militants went on a rampage. By

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Daesh Attacks Two Energy Plants in North Iraq, Kills Five

By Mustafa Mahmoud KIRKUK, Iraq, July 31 (Reuters) – Daesh militants stormed two energy facilities in northern Iraq on Sunday, killing at least five workers and shutting down a major oil pumping station, security and oil sources said. The first attack, on the AB2 gas compressor station, about 15 km (10 miles) northwest of Kirkuk,

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Kurd-Shiite Clashes in Northern Iraq Kill Ten, Key Road Cut

By Isabel Coles TUZ KHURMATU, Iraq, April 24 – Clashes between Kurdish and Shi’ite Turkmen paramilitary forces in northern Iraq have killed at least 10 fighters and cut a strategic road between Baghdad and the oil city of Kirkuk, security and medical sources said. Violence in Tuz Khurmatu, 175 km (110 miles) north of the

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Iraq Preparing to Push Daesh Away from Oil Region

BAGHDAD, March 16 – Kurdish Peshmerga forces, an Iran-backed Shi’ite militia and Iraq’s army will launch an offensive soon to push Daesh fighters away from the northern oil region of Kirkuk, a state newspaper reported on Wednesday. The operation would bring the combined forces closer to Mosul, the largest Iraqi city still held by Daesh,

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U.S. Denies Conducting Helicopter Raids in Iraq

BAGHDAD, Jan 10 – The U.S. ambassador to Iraq has denied reports that the United States has been carrying out helicopter raids against Daesh militants in northern Iraq. “There have recently been reports of U.S. helicopter raids in Hawija and Kirkuk. As Defense Minister Obaidi and numerous other Iraqi officials have stated, reports of these raids

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Gunmen Shoot Dead Senior Employee of Iraq’s North Oil Company

KIRKUK, Iraq, Dec 14 (Reuters) – Gunmen shot dead a senior employee of Iraq’s state-run North Oil Company (NOC) on Monday, the third company official to be killed in the past four months, police and sources within the company said. Deputy inspector-general Hassan Salim and three other employees were driving to their office in the

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