Last week, the Islamic State launched a failed counterattack in Kirkuk to divert Coalition resources away from Mosul. A new video purportedly showing “day 1” of the failed assault has been released on ISIS terrorist channels.
Kirkuk is about 100 miles southeast of Mosul.
The siege of Kirkuk by ISIS lasted about 24-hours after they attacked a government security building. According to NBC, “Brig. Gen. Khattab Omer of the Kirkuk police said all the attackers were killed or blew themselves up. The area around the provincial headquarters, where the fighting was heaviest, was quiet Saturday morning.”
According to Sky News, “Thirteen workers, including four Iranians, died at a power plant north of Kirkuk and a TV reporter was also shot dead by a sniper in the city.”
The Wall Street Journal reports that one of the main reasons the Kirkuk counterattack resulted in failure by the Islamic State is that “Sunni Arabs, many of whom once viewed Islamic State as a liberator from Shiite or Kurdish oppression, have grown increasingly disgusted by the militant group.”
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