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Iraq: ISIS launched a major counter-attack on Kirkuk to distract Iraqi troops from Mosul

Friday, October 21, 2016 16:03
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A member of peshmerga forces runs at a site of an attack by Islamic State militants in Kirkuk, Iraq, October 21, 2016 Reuters

Islamic State launched a major counter-attack on the city of Kirkuk on Friday as Iraqi and Kurdish forces pursued operations to seize territory around Mosul in preparation for an offensive on the jihadists’ last major stronghold in Iraq.

Islamic State’s assault on Kirkuk, which lies in an oil- producing region, killed 18 members of the security forces and workers at a power station outside the city, including two Iranians, a hospital source said.

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