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Islamic State gains presence in Iraq's Kirkuk

Officials say armed group exploited divisions, quietly establishing presence in Kirkuk's Sunni Arab neighbourhoods.

Last updated: 25 Aug 2014 20:28
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Kirkuk - a key city in the northern Kurdish region - was the target of bombings over the weekend.

Officials say the Islamic State group has exploited Kirkuk's divisions, quietly establishing a presence in the city's Sunni Arab neighbourhoods where there is a deep resentment against the Kurds and the Shia-led government.

The challenge has prompted the Iraqi and Kurdish governments to cooperate on the frontline against the Islamic State and its allies.

Al Jazeera's Zeina Khodr reports from Kirkuk.


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