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How the battle for #Kirkuk unfolded step by step

My eye-witness account
Jenan Moussa 15 Oct 17
1- Hey all, today I am on ground in . is here too. I'll be tweeting developments live for u. Follow thread.
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Jenan Moussa 15 Oct 17
Replying to @akhbar
2- Context: Baghdad wants to take back from KRG 2 military bases &3 oil fields mainly located outside residential Kirkuk. Kurds refuse that.
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Jenan Moussa 15 Oct 17
Replying to @akhbar
3- Friday night, we passed by one oil field claimed now by Baghdad. It's called Bai Hassan &it's huge. Have a look
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Jenan Moussa 15 Oct 17
Replying to @akhbar
4- The strangest thing about this situation is that both sides (peshmerga &Iraq army) are equipped/trained by U.S.
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Jenan Moussa 15 Oct 17
Replying to @akhbar
5- I just saw the 5th ambulance driving on highway from Kirkuk towards Erbil city. War is horrible.
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Jenan Moussa 15 Oct 17
Replying to @akhbar
6- Do you see the flames in the horizon? This is Baba Gurgur oil field. It's still in Kurdish hands &I am looking at it right now.
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Jenan Moussa 15 Oct 17
Replying to @akhbar
7- This is right now. Roads blocked. Very very tensed on the streets. People really angry.
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Jenan Moussa 15 Oct 17
Replying to @akhbar
8- Peshmerga &armed civilians everywhere in Kirkuk. Otherwise strts empty. This city feels like civil war. I'm Lebanese; I know the feeling.
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Jenan Moussa 16 Oct 17
Replying to @akhbar
9- Kirkuk is not safe. We are trying to get out of the city.
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Jenan Moussa 16 Oct 17
Replying to @akhbar
10- Iraq forces say K1 military base in western is now under control. Check it's location on map.
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Jenan Moussa 16 Oct 17
Replying to @akhbar
11- We also just received news that the PUK sector commander base in Daquq, South Kirkuk is now in the hands of Iraq army/ PMU.
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Jenan Moussa 16 Oct 17
Replying to @akhbar
12- I can't describe how angry people are on Kirkuk streets. There is disappointment that some PUK Peshmergas withdrew without fighting.
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Jenan Moussa 16 Oct 17
Replying to @akhbar
13- Ok city out of control. They shot over our heads. People angry at everyone. They took my microphone &destroyed it. Can't film a thing.
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Jenan Moussa 16 Oct 17
Replying to @akhbar
14- Iraqi police led by Kurdish commander Sarhad Qader is trying to get us safely out of the city. Can't thank them enough.
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Jenan Moussa 16 Oct 17
Replying to @akhbar
15- Commander tells us he can't let police convey take us out of . "People will think we are withdrawing & they might shoot at us."
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Jenan Moussa 16 Oct 17
Replying to @akhbar @HaraldDoornbos
16- Commander is sending one police car to take , our fixer Ehsan & I out of Kirkuk. Best plan judging by circumstances.
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Jenan Moussa 16 Oct 17
17- Thank you & for doing everything you can to help us. Thank you very much.
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Jenan Moussa 16 Oct 17
Replying to @akhbar
18- The road we took 1 hr ago has now checkpoint of Iraqi army/ PMU. That means they have entered the residential areas of .
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Jenan Moussa 16 Oct 17
Replying to @akhbar @HaraldDoornbos
19- A Kurdish fighter walks up to . He says: You are a western man, I have a message. Where is America? Where is Europe?
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Jenan Moussa 16 Oct 17
Replying to @akhbar
20- Everyone here in is complaining about Iran too. "Why is west allowing Iranians to take over?"
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Jenan Moussa 16 Oct 17
Replying to @akhbar
21- We passed the road blocks. We are safe. We are leaving .
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Jenan Moussa 16 Oct 17
Replying to @akhbar
22- Our camera survived. Our microphone didn't. We are pretty shaken up. Sorry can't make pics. Only tweets.
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Jenan Moussa 16 Oct 17
Replying to @akhbar
23- Turkey says it fully supports Baghdad in restoring stability in &countering the PKK.
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Kurdistan 24 English 16 Oct 17
: |i tanks entering the city of .
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OIR Spokesman Col. Myles B. Caggins III 15 Oct 17
closely monitoring sit. near Kirkuk; urge all sides to avoid escalatory actions. Finish the fight vs. , biggest threat to all
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Jenan Moussa 16 Oct 17
Replying to @akhbar
24- Peshmerga command in statement calls Iraq army operation in : “a war against the Kurds.”
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Haider Al-Abadi حيدر العبادي 16 Oct 17
Replying to @HaiderAlAbadi
Statement of the Commander-in-Chief PM Al-Abadi to the Iraqi people
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Jenan Moussa 16 Oct 17
Replying to @akhbar
25- Long long lines of cars leaving towards Erbil. Civilians escaping the clashes &afraid of what is to come.
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Jenan Moussa 16 Oct 17
Replying to @akhbar
26- If you thought post-ISIS phase in Iraq is gonna get bloody, wait till we reach post-ISIS in Syria. I dread that moment.
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Jenan Moussa 16 Oct 17
Replying to @akhbar
27- Some Kirkuk ppl happy w/Iraqi forces. See my thread yesterday to understand ethnic/religious differences in city
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Rudaw English 16 Oct 17
Rudaw’s war reporter Hunar Ahmed attempts to help civilians attacked by Hashd al-Shaabi in .
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Hemin Hawrami 16 Oct 17
Statement from the Peshmerge General command: We reassure Kurdistan people despite the Iraqis, & IRGC plots and treason of some officials, Peshmerge are defending heroically . This plot will fail and the will of our people will prevail.
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U.S. Embassy Baghdad 16 Oct 17
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Jenan Moussa 16 Oct 17
Replying to @akhbar
28- Literally thousands of civilians are fleeing Kirkuk towards Erbil. Will share with you pics when I get better internet. What a sad day.
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Jenan Moussa 16 Oct 17
Replying to @akhbar
30- Look at this queue on highway Kirkuk-Erbil. Almost all are civilians. Here a child, sitting next to road. Where will she sleep tonight?
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Iraq Energy 16 Oct 17
IEI Estimate on KRI, Sep 2017 KRG Export: 590Kb/day KRG Refineries/Consumption: 100Kb/day Oil to provinces & disputed territories: 100Kb/day
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Jenan Moussa 16 Oct 17
Replying to @akhbar
31- View from our vehicle, stuck in long line. People use any vehicle to flee Kirkuk.
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Harald Doornbos 16 Oct 17
Replying to @HaraldDoornbos
Everybody here on Kurdish side outside Kirkuk in state of shock. Peshmergas can't believe Kirkuk has fallen in one day.
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Jenan Moussa 16 Oct 17
Replying to @akhbar
32- From talking to people massively leaving Kirkuk, u definitely get the sense Kurds lost the city for now. Everyone is stunned.
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Barzan Sadiq 16 Oct 17
forces fully controlling .
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🇮🇶Iraq & Middle East Updates 16 Oct 17
Iraqi Flag 🇮🇶 Raised over Council Building
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Akhbar | أخبار الآن 16 Oct 17
نزوح الاف الأكراد من مع سيطرة عليها تفاصيل أكثر مع موفدة في كركوك
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