The Iraqi government has seized control of Kirkuk from the Kurds, which took just a day to take charge of the multi-ethnic city and the oil fields surrounding it. Kurdish forces have since rapidly withdrawn from several contested cities and towns, leaving Iraqi forces and their Shia militia allies in charge.
So what will this mean for Iraq’s Kurds?
Presenter: James Bays
Mowaffak al-Rubaie – ex-Iraqi National Security adviser and current member of parliament for Baghdad
Karokh Khoshnaw – Kurdish political analyst and Professor, Byte Institute
Tallha Abdulrazaq – Researcher, University of Exeter’s Strategy and Security Institute