BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 A.M.) – The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) raised their flag over the disputed city of Kirkuk last night, the Rudaw News Agency reported.

“The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan has raised Kurdistan’s flag at all its offices in Kirkuk,” Ghafour Salih, deputy head of the party in the city, told Rudaw.

“Today, once again we formally re-raised Kurdistan, Iraqi, and PUK flags over our offices as a normal and legal thing,” the PUK office in Kirkuk said in a statement carried by their party’s media.

The Iraqi government has yet to comment on the situation, despite the previous tensions between their security forces and the Kurdish-led groups.

The Iraqi security forces took control of Kirkuk last year after a Kurdistan independence referendum vote sparked outrage from the government in Baghdad.


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Dre -ee -ee -ee -eam… Dream, Dream Dree- -eeam… whenever I want Kurdistan, all I have to do.. is dre-ee-ee-ee-ee-eeaam! How’s independent Kurdistan doing these days, eh? Maybe you can take in some “brothers” from “Rojava” now that the USA has – yet again – proven a faithless bride? Remember all the help from USA when Afrin was stormed by Turks? When Iraqi divisions rolled into Kirkuk? Oh, that’s right. They did nothing. Because THEY DON’T CARE ABOUT YOU! It is one thing to collaborate with foreign invaders – but to do so with the biggest mass-murderer of Middle-Eastern people… Read more »

Karel Vd Geest

As per the Iraqi constitution art 140, there should have been a referendum on returning the city to kurds latest in 2005, 2005.

Iraqi occupation illegal by its own constitution. But, as in many arab states, who cares about constitution. It is only used to prevent opposition. Not to protect the population.