Wednesday, October 18, 2017
More and continuing updates on the Kirkuk, Iraq situation.
Combat units of the Iraqi National Army and fighters of the Kurdish peshmerga in mortal battle. This is all a simple "dispute" that can be easily mended?/
1. "Kirkuk: US appeals for calm as allies clash in Iraq - CNN - CNN.com"
"3 hours ago - Baghdad (CNN)The United States has made an urgent call for calm in northern Iraq as Kurdish fighters and Iraqi forces -- two of Washington's key allies in the region -- clash over disputed territory. Iraqi forces seized the coveted oil-rich city of Kirkuk on Monday after three ..."
2. "US military rushes to defuse looming crisis in Kirkuk after Iraqi army ..."
"18 hours ago - Iraqi forces patrol in the streets after they retake the control of the city center from peshmerga forces in Kirkuk, Iraq, on Monday."
3. "Iraqi Kurds' dream of independence seems more elusive than ever"
"The establishment of an independent Kurdistan — a decades-old dream for many people here — was starting to take shape. In a nonbinding referendum held by the Kurds three weeks ago, more than 92% of voters favored breaking away from Iraq. But on Tuesday, the dream all but died."
4. "Kirkuk: Iraqi forces seize largest oilfields near city - BBC News"
"5 hours ago - Iraqi government forces have taken control of the two largest oilfields near the disputed city of Kirkuk after Kurdish forces left the area."
JUST AT THAT EXACT MOMENT WHEN THE COMMON FOE THE ISLAMIC STATE IS ON THE ROPES AND EVERYONE IS PREPARING FOR THE PROVERBIAL KNOCK-OUT PUNCH THIS HAPPENS. PURPORTED ALLIES IN COALITION NOW FIGHTING OVER "DISPUTED" TERRITORY. SAY IT IS NOT SO JOE BUT YOU KNOW BETTER.
This is far from over I fear. Has the potentiality to get far worse.