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Iraq's military base reduced to wreckage

Kirkuk's largest military base lies in ruins after government forces flee fighting, leaving behind crucial equipment.

Last updated: 16 Jun 2014 11:26
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US-made equipment worth millions of dollars has been reduced to wreckage in the Iraqi town of Kirkuk after a rebel-led advance on the city.

Sunni fighters captured Kirkuk's largest military base and a swath of northern areas from the army, with a speed that shocked the government and the international community.

As they fled the violence, Iraqi troops left behind information and equipment that could be used by rebel fighters.

Al Jazeera's Hoda Abdel-Hamid reports from Kirkuk's K1 military base.


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