Kirkuk, Iraq

Iraq: Kirkuk's ethnic divisions close to the surface as provincial elections loom

Issue 1172 - 20 Jun 2023 | 5 minute read

Kirkuk's location on the boundary between the Iraqi Kurdistan Region and the rest of Iraq has made it a key arena for the rivalry between Erbil and Baghdad. The region’s multi-ethnic character – a legacy of Saddam Hussein's Arabization policy – is likely to be to the fore in the run-up to provincial elections planned for December.

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