Iraq: Thousands rally in support of Kurdish independence in Kirkuk

Thousands of supporters of Kurdish independence gathered in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk, Monday, in a display of approval for the upcoming non-binding referendum on September 25th. Kirkuk, which is historically divided between several ethnic groups, was also the scene of clashes and a resulting curfew with tensions running high as the referendum approaches. The independence movement... Еще gathered momentum after government-backed Iraqi forces withdrew from areas controlled by the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS, ISIL), leaving largely Kurdish forces to regain, and expand, their territory in northern Iraq.

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