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Iraq Kurds seize Kirkuk; Sunni militants surge toward Baghdad

Iraqi Kurds seized control of the northern oil city of Kirkuk on Thursday, while surging Sunni Islamist rebels advanced towards Baghdad, as the central government’s army abandoned its posts in a rapid collapse that has lost it control of the north. Peshmerga fighters, the security forces of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish north, swept into Kirkuk after the army abandoned its posts there, a peshmerga spokesman said. Armed Conflicts Iraq Armed Forces National Government Government Baghdad (Iraq) Democracy Petroleum Industry Wars and Interventions Mosul (Iraq) Ankara (Turkey) Nouri Maliki Al-Qaeda NATO Joe Biden White House Ayman al-Zawahri “The whole of Kirkuk has fallen into the hands of…