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IS raids Iraq's Kirkuk to draw attention from Mosul offensive

Kurdish fighters take cover in Kirkuk as jihadist gunmen launched an assault on the northern Iraqi city on October 21, 2016Jihadists staged a brazen raid on the Iraqi city of Kirkuk Friday, in what appeared to be an attempt to divert attention from the huge offensive against their Mosul bastion. Residents awoke to the sound of shooting and praise for the “Islamic State” blaring through mosque loudspeakers. Some attackers, whom one senior Kirkuk official numbered around 100, carried grenades and wore explosives vests or belts in the assault claimed by the Islamic State group.

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