Iraqi government forces captured the major Kurdish-held oil city of Kirkuk on Monday, responding to a Kurdish referendum on independence with a bold lightning strike that transforms the balance of power in the country.
A fighter with Popular Mobilization Forces stands guard in Tuz Khormato, that was evacuated by Kurdish security forces, 210 km north of Baghdad, on Oct. 16, 2017. (AP)
Thousands of Kurds flee
Newly unveiled statue in Kirkuk pays tribute to the Peshmerga, Iraqi Kurdistan’s main fighting forces in Kirkuk, Iraq, September 23, 2017. (Reuters)