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A city of northeast Iraq southeast of Mosul. Built on the site of a settlement dating to 3000 bc, it is an agricultural market in an oil-producing region.
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(kɜːˈkʊk; ˈkɜːkʊk)
(Placename) a city in NE Iraq: centre of a rich oilfield with pipelines to the Mediterranean. Pop: 548 000 (2005 est)
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a city in N Iraq. 207,852.
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Noun1.Kirkuk - a city in northeastern IraqKirkuk - a city in northeastern Iraq; the center of a rich oilfield with pipelines to the Mediterranean
Al-Iraq, Irak, Iraq, Republic of Iraq - a republic in the Middle East in western Asia; the ancient civilization of Mesopotamia was in the area now known as Iraq
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Kirkuk / NINA / - Chairman of the Arab group in the Kirkuk Provincial Council announced that the representatives of the Arab component in Kirkuk refused to hold any session of the Kirkuk Provincial Council in the capital Baghdad.
A member of the Iraqi forces sits on a river bank across from Kurdish peshmerga positions on the outskirts of Kirkuk in this file photo.
Recent events have seen thousands of Kurds fleeing the city of Kirkuk in the face of the advance of the Iraqi army.
TEHRAN (FNA)- Kirkuk Operation Command announced on Tuesday that the Iraqi forces continued to advance in Kirkuk province, seizing control over more regions.
By: Nawal Sayed CAIRO -- 16 October 2017: Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi directed the armed forces to protect all citizens in Kirkuk, following news that a vast territory in Kirkuk Monday will be restored, an official statement by Abadi said.
The Kirkuk Governorate, with its capital also named Kirkuk, has long been a source of contention between Baghdad and the Kurds as both lay claim to it.
Kurds and Baghdad struggle to control oil-rich Kirkuk
However, a bigger controversy might be expected when the time comes to make a decision on the final status of Kirkuk. Turkey will have to make a difficult decision when this question comes to the agenda because the Kirkuk issue has a complicated historical background.
| ERBIL, Jan 26 (KUNA) -- Four people were killed and 15 others wounded in three car explosions in Kirkuk north of Iraq, said Iraqi police on Sunday.
KIRKUK/ Aswat al-Iraq: Police sources said here that a pro-government Sahwa (Awakening) leader was killed in an armed attack south west Kirkuk. KIRKUK/ Aswat al-Iraq: Police sources said here that a pro-government Sahwa (Awakening) leader was killed in an armed attack south west Kirkuk.
Seeking to head off an explosion of ethnic violence, the UN is to call for a power-sharing system of government for Kirkuk. A draft UN plan, reported on March 30 by The Associated Press, aims to defuse dangerous tensions.
This is what I infer from the news every time trouble hits Kirkuk which already stands at the chronic demarcation lines among ethnicities, languages and sects.