Mustafa AY – TDO – 17.10.2017 Iraqi forces seized the grip on Kirkuk with the evident testimony of that Iraqi forces planted Iraq’ flag to the Kirkuk governorate by lowering KRG’s flag. Besides, Iraqi forces retook K1 military air base from Kurdish forces. With the successful capture of Kirkuk, Iraq maintained its authority over more than a city. Meaning that, Iraqi government pays much attention to Kirkuk’s rich oil-fields.
Even if two sides stated that there is no fight, an anonymous aid organization in Kirkuk uttered “From both sides many soldiers have been killed”. In addition to this clarification to what really happened in Kirkuk, one Peshmerga field commander stated that they have lots of casualties stemming from a bloody combat erupted between two sides in 4pm.