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Kurdish journalist latest target of violence in Kirkuk

2018/01/14 | 19:05

(Iraq Now News)- The oil-rich province has witnessed a string of unclaimed attacks since Iraqi forces and Iranian-backed Shia Hashd al-Shaabi militias’ military takeover of the disputed region.

On Oct.

16, the Iraqi army and Hashd al-Shaabi stormed Kirkuk and used military force to reclaim control of the province which had been under the protection of Kurdish Peshmerga since 2014 when the Islamic State (IS) emerged.

During the extremist group’s early blitzkrieg of the country, the Iraqi army collapsed, and Peshmerga forces advanced to secure Kirkuk and other disputed territories from IS’ threat.

Kirkuk is home to a mix of Kurds, Arabs, Turkmen, and Christians, and is one of the most disputed territories between the Kurdistan Region and Iraq.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack which comes at a time where killings, robberies, kidnappings, and other criminal activities are on the rise in Kirkuk since the takeover by Iraqi forces and Shia militias.

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