18 July 2006
Iraq and the Kurds - The Brewing Battle Over Kirkuk
This report examines the looming conflict in and around the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk. It points to the high stakes involved in this struggle: a street brawl over oil riches; ethnic competition over identity between Kurdish, Turkoman, Arab and Assyrian-Chaldean communities; and a titanic clash between two nations, Arab and Kurd. The report warns that unless the international community acts soon to resolve mounting tensions in Kirkuk, another violent communal conflict, spreading civil war, could be the result.
© 2006 International Crisis Group (Crisis Group)
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The report's appendix includes a map of Iraq.