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ISIS launches attack on oil-rich northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk

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By Yousuf Basil, Jomana Karadsheh and Laura Smith-Spark, CNN

Amman, Jordan (CNN)ISIS militants have attacked Kirkuk in northern Iraq, an effort that might be an earnest attempt to capture the key oil-rich city or perhaps to divert Kurdish troops fighting to capture the Islamist extremist group's stronghold of Mosul.

For months, ISIS has been facing off with the Peshmerga -- armed fighters who protect Iraqi Kurdistan -- to the west of Kirkuk. It hadn't gone into areas on Kirkuk's outskirts, but not the central city.

Until now, apparently.

Heavily armed militants attacked an abandoned hotel in central Kirkuk that local police had used as their headquarters. Police and Peshmerga sources in Kirkuk told CNN that armed men put snipers on the building's rooftop and security forces had surrounded the area.

Peshmerga and Kurdish anti-terror units later raided the hotel, wresting control of it from the militants and killing three of them, according to Peshmerga sources. In addition, two suicide bombers detonated themselves in an attempt to keep the Kurdish forces out.

 

Read More: http://www.cnn.com/2015/01/30/middleeast/isis-attack/index.html

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