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| subdivision_type = CountryIraq}}| subdivision_type3 = GovernorateKirkuk Governorate>Kirkuk| established_title = | established_date = | government_type = | elevation_footnotes = | elevation_m = 350| population_total = 850,787| population_as_of = 2009 Est.ACCESSDATE=2009-01-26 DATE=26 JANUARY 2009 ARCHIVEDATE=9 FEBRUARY 2013 DF=DMY, | population_density_km2 = | population_density_sq_mi = | population_note = | subdivision = | timezone = GMT +3| utc_offset = | utc_offset_DST = | name = }}Kirkuk (, {{transl|ar|Karkūk}}, , , ) is a city in Iraq, serving as the capital of the Kirkuk Governorate, located {{convert|238|km|0|abbr=off}} north of Baghdad.WEB,weblink Google Maps Distance Calculator,, 12 January 2013, 2013-03-26, Kirkuk lies in a wide zone with an enormously diverse population and has been multilingual for centuries. There were dramatic demographic changes during Kirkuk's urbanization in the twentieth century, which saw the development of distinct ethnic communities.Bet-Shlimon, Arbella. 2012. Group Identities, Oil, and the Local Political Domain in Kirkuk: A Historical Perspective. Journal of Urban History 38, no. 5. Turkmen, Kurds, Arabs, and Assyrian people lay conflicting claims to this zone, and all have their historical accounts and memories to buttress their claims.NEWS, Kirkuk,weblink Cities in transition, {{sfn|Ezzat|2012|page=1}}The city sits on the ruins of the original Kirkuk Citadel, site of the ancient mid-3rd millennium BC, Akkadian city of Arrapha,The Cambridge Ancient History – Page 17 by John Boardman and which sits near the Khasa River. The region became a part of the Akkadian empire (2335–2154 BC) which united all of the Akkadian and Sumerian speaking Mesopotamians under one rule. After its collapse, the language isolate-speaking Gutians, a pre-Iranic race from Ancient Iran, overran the region for a few decades, making Arrapha their capital, before being ejected from Mesopotamia by the Sumerians during the Neo-Sumerian Empire (2112–2004 BC). The city later came to be dominated by the Hurrians from eastern Anatolia before being incorporated into the Old Assyrian Empire (2025–1750 BC), after which Arrapha and the whole of northern Mesopotamia became a part of Assyria proper. During the late 15th century BC Assyria and Arrapha was under the domination of the short-lived Mittani-Hurrian empire, but after the Assyrians overthrew and destroyed the Hurri-Mitanni in the early 14th century BC the city was once more under Assyrian rule. Arrapha remained an important Assyrian city until the fall of the Assyrian empire between 615–599 BC. After this it remained a part of the geo-political province of Assyria (Achaemenid Assyria, Athura, Seleucid Syria, Assyria (Roman province) and Assuristan) under various foreign empires, and between the 2nd century BC and 3rd century AD became the capital of the Neo-Assyrian state of Beth Garmai before this was conquered into the Sassanid empire and became a part of Assuristan. The Arab Islamic conquest of the 7th century AD saw the dissolution of Assyria as a geo-political entity.KurdsBOOK,weblink Claims in conflict: reversing ethnic cleansing in northern Iraq, Human Rights Watch (Organization), August 2004, 16, 54, Mufti, Hania, (Organization), Human Rights Watch, NEWS,weblink ofReuters, U.N. wants Iraq Kurds to drop Kirkuk vote-diplomat, Tim, Cocks, 21 July 2009, and Iraqi TurkmensWEB,weblink The Identity of Kirkuk, Conclusion, yes,weblink" title="">weblink 20 August 2011, dmy-all, have claimed the city as a cultural capital. It was named the "capital of Iraqi culture" by the Iraqi ministry of culture in 2010.WEB,weblink Archived copy, 2009-12-27, yes,weblink" title="">weblink 30 June 2017, dmy-all, The city saw changes in population under the Ba'athist Arabization campaigns in North Iraq, after the 2003 invasion of Iraq, and later during the Iraqi Civil War (2014–2017).


The ancient name of Kirkuk was the Assyrian Arrap'ha. During the Parthian era, a Korkura/Corcura () is mentioned by Ptolemy, which is believed to refer either to Kirkuk or to the site of Baba Gurgur {{convert|4.5|km|mi}} from the city.Edward Balfour, Encyclopaedia Asiatica, p. 214, Cosmo Publications, 1976 Since the Seleucid Empire it was known as Karkha D-Bet Slokh, which means 'Citadel of the House of Seleucid'The Acts of Mar Mari the Apostle By Amir Harrak. p. 27. in Mesopotamian Aramaic, the lingua franca of the Fertile Crescent in that era.The World's Greatest Story: The Epic of the Jewish People in Biblical Times By Joan Comay. p. 384.The region around Kirkuk was known historically in the Eastern Aramaic and Syriac Assyrian sources as "Beth Garmai" (). The name "Beth Garmai" or "Beth Garme" may be of Syriac origin which meaning "the house of bones",WEB, Garmai is the plural of Garma/Garmo meaning "bone",weblink 20 June 2011, yes,weblink" title="">weblink 27 July 2011, dmy, which is thought to be a reference to bones of slaughtered Achaemenids after a decisive battle{{which|date=November 2017}} between Alexander the Great and Darius III on the plains between the Upper Zab and Diyala river.BOOK, Grant, Asahel, Nestorians, 1841, Harper, 52,weblink It was one of a number of independent Neo-Assyrian states which flourished during the Parthian empire (150 BC-226 AD). Kirkuk itself was the Assyrian Karkha D'Beth Slokh, the metropolitan centre of Beth Garmai.It is also thought that region was known during the Parthian and Sassanid periods as Garmakan, which means the 'Land of Warmth' or the 'Hot Land'. In Persian "Garm" means warm;Iraq’s Policy of Ethnic Cleansing: Onslaught to change national/demographic characteristics of the Kirkuk Region by Nouri Talabany {{webarchive|url= |date=27 September 2007 }}During the Seleucid period, the city was renamed after king Seleucus, Karkha d' Beth Slokh ("Fort Seleucus"), a corruption of which is at the root of modern name Karkuk/Kirkuk. After the 7th century, Muslim writers used the name Kirkheni (Syriac for "citadel"meaning of Karkha in Syriac {{webarchive|url= |date=27 July 2011 }}, Syriac dictionary) to refer to the city.Kirkuk and its dependencies: Historically part of Kurdistan – II by Mufid Abdulla {{webarchive|url= |date=27 September 2007 }} Others used other variant, such as Bajermi (a corruption of Aramaic "B'th Garmayeh" or Jermakan (a corruption of Persian Garmakan) .A cuneiform script found in 1927 at the foot of Kirkuk Citadel stated that the city of Erekha of Babylonia was on the site of Kirkuk. Other sources consider Erekha to have been simply one part of the larger Arrapha metropolis.


Ancient history

It is suggested that Kirkuk was one of the places occupied by Neanderthals based on archeological findings in the Shanidar Cave settlement.{{Harvnb|Edwards|Gadd|Hammond|1991|p=256}} A large amount of pottery shards dating to the Ubaid period were also excavated from several Tells in the city.{{Harvnb|Edwards|Gadd|Hammond|1991|p=374}}Ancient Arrapkha was a part of Sargon of Akkad's Akkadian Empire (2335–2154 BC),{{Harvnb|Edwards|Charlesworth|Boardman|1970|p=433}} and city was exposed to the raids of the Lullubi during Naram-Sin's reign.{{Harvnb|Edwards|Charlesworth|Boardman|1970|p=443}}Later the city was occupied around 2150 BC by language Isolate speaking Zagros Mountains dwellers who were known as the Gutian people by the Semitic and Sumerian of Mesopotamians. Arraphkha was the capital of the short-lived Guti kingdom (Gutium), before it was destroyed and the Gutians driven from Mesopotamia by the Neo-Sumerian Empire c. 2090 BC.William Gordon East, Oskar Hermann Khristian Spate (1961). The Changing Map of Asia: A Political Geography, 436 pages, p: 105Georges Roux- Ancient Iraq Arrapkha became a part of the Old Assyrian Empire (c.2025–1750 BC), before Hammurabi briefly subjected Assyria to the short-lived Babylonian Empire, after which it again became a part of Assyria c.1725 BC.However, by the middle of the 2nd millennium B.C. the Indo-Aryan Mittani of Anatolia formed a ruling class over the language isolate speaking Hurrians, and began to expand into a Hurri-Mitanni Empire. In the 1450s they attacked Assyria, sacking Assur, and bringing the cities of Gasur and Arrapkha under their control.BOOK, Chahin, M, Before the Greeks,weblink 3 January 2013, 1996, James Clarke & Co., 978-0-7188-2950-6, 77, From c.1450 to 1393 BC the kings of Assyria paid tribute to the kingdom of Mittani.The Middle Assyrian Empire (1365–1020 BC) overthrew the Hurri-Mitanni in the mid 14th century BC and Arrapha once more became incorporated into Assyria proper. In the 11th and 10th centuries BC the city rose to prominence, becoming an important city in Assyria until the fall of the Neo-Assyrian Empire (911–605 BC).WEB, Talabany, Nouri, 1999,weblink Iraq's Policy of Ethnic Cleansing: Onslaught to change national/demographic characteristics of the Kirkuk Region, 2006-06-05, yes,weblink" title="">weblink 9 September 2001, dmy-all,
The Hurri-Mitanni domination of Assyria was broken in the 1390s BC, and Arrapkha once more became an integral part of Assyria with the Middle Assyrian Empire (1365–1020 BC) which saw the Hurrian population driven from the region. It remained as such throughout the Neo-Assyrian Empire (911–605 BC) where it became an important Assyrian city.After the fall of Assyria between 612–599 BC it was still an integral part of the geo-political province of Assyria – Achaemenid Assyria, Athura, Seleucid Syria, Assyria (Roman province) and Assuristan. In the Parthian and Sassanid eras Kirkuk was capital of the small Assyrian state of Beth Garmai (c.160 BC-250 AD).WEB, BĒṮ GARMĒ,weblink Iranica, 3 May 2012, The city briefly came to be part of the short-lived Median Empire before falling to the Achaemenid Empire (546–332 BC) where it was incorporated into the province of Athura (Achaemenid Assyria).Martin Sicker. The Pre-Islamic Middle East, Page 68.I. E. S. Edwards, John Boardman, John B. Bury, S. A. Cook. The Cambridge Ancient History. p. 178-179.Later it became part of the Macedonian Empire (332–312 BC) and succeeding Seleucid Empire (311–150 BC) before falling to the Parthian Empire (150 BC-224 AD) as a part of Athura. The Parthians seemed to only exercise loose control, and a number of small Neo-Assyrian kingdoms sprang up in the region between the 2nd century BC and 4th century AD, one such kingdom named "ܒܝܬܓܪܡܝ", (that is Bit Garmai in Syriac) had Arrapha as its capital.BOOK, Mohsen, Zakeri, Sasanid soldiers in early Muslim society: the origins of 'Ayyārān and Futuwwa, 1995, Otto Harrassowitz Verlag, 978-3-447-03652-8, 135,weblink Christianity also arose during this period, with Arrapha and its surrounds being influenced by the Assyrian Church of the East. The Sassanid Empire destroyed these kingdoms during 3rd and early 4th centuries AD, and Arrapha was incorporated into Sassanid ruled Assuristan (Sassanid Assyria).In AD 341, the Zoroastrian Shapur II ordered the massacre of all Assyrian Christians in the Persian Sassanid Empire. During the persecution, about 1,150 were martyred in Arrapha.WEB,weblink OCA – Hieromartyr Simeon the Bishop in Persia, and those with him in Persia,, 17 April 2013, 14 October 2013, The city appears on the Peutinger Map of this time. The city remained a part of the Sassanid Empire until the Islamic conquest in the mid 7th century AD.

After the Islamic Conquests

Arab Muslims fought the Sassanid empire in the 7th century AD, conquering the region. The city was a part of the Islamic Caliphate until the tenth century. Kirkuk and the surrounding areas were then ruled by the Seljuk Turks for many years. After the divided empire collapsed, the city became a part of Turkic Zengid dynasty for a century. After the Mongol invasion, the Ilkhanate State was founded in the region and the city became a part of the Mongol Ilkhanate. The Ilkhanate region was then conquered by the Black Sheep Turkomans and White Sheep Turkomans. Ottoman Empire took control of Iraq, Syria, Palestine, Egypt and Hejaz in the early 16th century. Turkish rule continued until World War I when the Ottoman Empire was overthrown in the region by the British Empire.

British occupation

At the end of World War I, the British occupied Kirkuk on 7 May 1918. Abandoning the city after about two weeks, the British returned to Kirkuk a few months later after the Armistice of Mudros. Kirkuk avoided the troubles caused by the British-backed Shaykh Mahmud, who quickly attempted to defy the British and establish his own fiefdom in Sulaymaniyah.(File:1933 קירקוק עיראק - iבן ציון ישראליi btm11297.jpeg|thumb|A photograph of Ben Zion Israeli in Kirkuk Iraq, 1933)

Entry into the Kingdom of Iraq

As both Turkey and Great Britain desperately wanted control of the Vilayet of Mosul (of which Kirkuk was a part), the Treaty of Lausanne in 1923 failed to solve the issue. For this reason, the question of Mosul was sent to the League of Nations. A committee travelled to the area before coming to a final decision: the territory south of the "Brussels line" belonged to Iraq. By the Treaty of Angora of 1926, Kirkuk became a part of the Kingdom of Iraq.

Discovery of oil

File:Kirkukoil.jpg|thumb|Baba GurgurBaba GurgurIn 1927, Iraqi and American drillers working for the foreign-owned and British-led Iraq Petroleum Company (IPC) struck a huge oil gusher at Baba Gurgur ("St. Blaze" or father blaze in Kurdish) near Kirkuk. The IPC began exports from the Kirkuk oil field in 1934. The Company moved its headquarters from Tuz Khormatu to a camp on the outskirts of Kirkuk, which they named Arrapha after the ancient city. Arrapha remains a large neighborhood in Kirkuk to this day. The IPC exercised significant political power in the city and played a central role in Kirkuk's urbanization, initiating housing and development projects in collaboration with Iraqi authorities in the 1940s and 1950s.Bet-Shlimon, Arbella. 2013. The Politics and Ideology of Urban Development in Iraq's Oil City: Kirkuk, 1946–58. Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East 33, no. 1.The presence of the oil industry had an effect on Kirkuk's demographics. The exploitation of Kirkuk's oil, which began around 1930, attracted both Arabs and Kurds to the city in search of work. Kirkuk, which had been a predominantly Iraqi Turkmen city, gradually lost its uniquely Turkmen character.Chapter 1: Introduction: Kurdish Identity and Social Formation, page 3. A Modern History of the Kurds. Author: David McDowall. Third edition. First published in 1996. Third revised and updated edition published in 2004, reprinted in 2007. London: I.B. Tauris, 2007, 515 pages. {{ISBN|9781850434160}}. "Few Kurds would claim quite as much today, but would still claim the city of Kirkuk, even though it had a larger Turkoman population as recently as 1958."Book IV. Ethno–nationalism in Iraq. – 15. The Kurds in Revolutionary Iraq, page 305. A Modern History of the Kurds. Author: David McDowall. Third edition. First published in 1996. Third revised and updated edition published in 2004, reprinted in 2007. London: I.B. Tauris, 2007, 515 pages. {{ISBN|9781850434160}}. "Tension had been growing for some time between Turkomans, the originally predominant element, and Kurds who had settled increasingly during the 1930s and 1940s, driven from the land by landlord rapacity and drawn by the chance for employment in the burgeoning oil industry. By 1959 half the population of qo,ooo were Turkoman, rather less than half were Kurds and the balance Arabs, Assyrians and Armenians." At the same time, large numbers of Kurds from the mountains were settling in the uninhabited but cultivable rural parts of the district of Kirkuk. The influx of Kurds into Kirkuk continued through the 1960s.Bruinessen, Martin van, and Walter Posch. 2005. Looking into Iraq {{webarchive|url= |date=17 April 2017 }}. Paris: European Union Institute for Security Studies. According to the 1957 census, Kirkuk city was 37.63% Iraqi Turkmen, 33.26% Kurdish with Arabs and Assyrians making up less than 23% of its population.Part I. Kirkuk and its environs. – Chapter 2. Kirkuk in the Twentieth Century, page 43. // Crisis in Kirkuk: The Ethnopolitics of Conflict and Compromise. Authors: Liam Anderson, Gareth Stansfield. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011, 312 pages. {{ISBN|9780812206043}}Understanding radical Islam: medieval ideology in the twenty-first century,Brian R. Farmer, page 154, 2007Some analysts believe that poor reservoir-management practices during the Saddam Hussein years may have seriously, and even permanently, damaged Kirkuk's oil field. One example showed an estimated {{convert|1500000000|oilbbl}} of excess fuel oil being reinjected. Other problems include refinery residue and gas-stripped oil. Fuel oil reinjection has increased oil viscosity at Kirkuk making it more difficult and expensive to get the oil out of the ground.WEB, 9 July 2005,weblink Kirkuk,, 2006-06-05, Over all, between April 2003 and late December 2004 there were an estimated 123 attacks on Iraqi energy infrastructures, including the country's 7,000 km-long pipeline system. In response to these attacks, which cost Iraq billions of US dollars in lost oil-export revenues and repair costs, the US military set up the Task Force Shield to guard Iraq's energy infrastructure and the Kirkuk-Ceyhan Oil Pipeline in particular. In spite of the fact that little damage was done to Iraq's oil fields during the war itself, looting and sabotage after the war ended was highly destructive and accounted for perhaps eighty percent of the total damage.WEB,weblink Iraq, Country Analysis Briefs, Energy Information Administration, 2006-06-05, yes,weblink" title="">weblink 6 June 2006, dmy-all, The discovery of vast quantities of oil in the region after World War I provided the impetus for the annexation of the former Ottoman Vilayet of Mosul (of which the Kirkuk region was a part), to the Iraqi Kingdom, established in 1921. Since then and particularly from 1963 onwards, there have been continuous attempts to transform the ethnic make-up of the region.Pipelines from Kirkuk run through Turkey to Ceyhan on the Mediterranean Sea and were one of the two main routes for the export of Iraqi oil under the Oil-for-Food Programme following the Gulf War of 1991. This was in accordance with a United Nations mandate that at least 50% of the oil exports pass through Turkey. There were two parallel lines built in 1977 and 1987.

Kurdish autonomy and Arabization

In 1970 the Iraqi government reached an agreement with Kurdish leader Mustafa Barzani called the March Agreement of 1970, but the question of whether the oil-rich province of Kirkuk would be included within the Kurdish autonomous region remained unresolved, pending a new census.Book IV. Ethno-nationalism in Iraq. – 16. The Kurds under the Baath, 1968–1975, page 329–330. // A Modern History of the Kurds. Author: David McDowall. Third edition. First published in 1996. Third revised and updated edition published in 2004, reprinted in 2007. London: I.B. Tauris, 2007, 515 pages. {{ISBN|9781850434160}}. "It now began to look as if the Baath were playing for time and the year 1971 brought a disintegration of trust between the two parties. The central issue was a demographic one. The census (Article 14) for disputed areas planned for December 1970 had been postponed till the spring by mutual agreement, but when spring came it was unilaterally postponed sine die. Mulla Mustafa accused the government of resettling Arabs in the contested areas, Kirkuk, Khanaqin and Sinjar, and told the government he would not accept the census results if they indicated an Arab majority. He also dismissed the offer of the 1965 census, which he said was forged. When the government proposed to apply the 1957 census to Kirkuk, Mulla Mustafa refused it, since this was bound to show that the Turkomans, although outnumbered in the governorate as a whole, were still predominant in Kirkuk town. Given the residual animosity after the events of July 1959, the Turkomans were likely to opt for Ba'ati rather than Kurdish rule. The Baath thought the Kurds might be packing disputed areas with Kurds from Iran and Turkey, but the real tensions surfaced over the Faili Kurds, resident in Iraq since Ottoman days and yet without Iraqi citizenship. The government argued they were Iranians, and now determined their fate by the simple expedient of expelling roughly 50,000 of them from September onwards."BOOK, University of Pennsylvania Press, 978-0-8122-0604-3, Anderson, Liam, Stansfield, Gareth, Crisis in Kirkuk: The Ethnopolitics of Conflict and Compromise, 2. Kirkuk in the 20th Century, 2011-09-21, Despite the signing of the March Agreement, relations between the Kurds and Iraqi government continued to deteriorate due to the unresolved status of Kirkuk, and there were two attempts to assassinate Barzani in 1972. In response to Barzani's continued demands during the early 1970s for Kirkuk to be recognized as part of the autonomous region under the terms of the March Agreement, settlement construction for newly arrived Arab families increased drastically as the Ba'athist government implemented Arabization policies to increase the Arab population of Kirkuk. Kurds were forbidden from buying property in Kirkuk, and could sell their properties only to Arabs. They were denied permission to renovate properties in need of maintenance, and poor Shi'a Arab families were paid to move to Kirkuk, while Kurds were paid to move out.Negotiations between Barzani's Kurdish Democratic Party and the Iraqi government collapsed in March 1974 and Barzani rejected President Ahmed Hassan al-Bakr declaration of Kurdish autonomy. Many disputes persisted between the Kurds and Arabs and the conflict escalated into the Second Iraqi–Kurdish War (also called the Barzani rebellion). The rebellion collapsed after Iran withdrew its support for Barzani's forces following the 1975 Algiers Agreement and the Ba'ath regime intensified Arabization efforts.BOOK, Greenwood Publishing Group, 978-0-275-94575-6, Peretz, Don, The Middle East Today, 15. Iraq, 1994, After Barzani's rebellion was defeated in 1974, the districts of Chemchemal and Kelar, which had been part of Kirkuk, became part of Sulaymaniyah and Kifri became part of Diyala province. Other Arab-populated districts, like Zab, became part of Kirkuk.BOOK, Routledge, 978-1-317-09016-8, Ihsan, Mohammed, Nation Building in Kurdistan: Memory, Genocide and Human Rights, 2. Arabization as Ethnic Cleansing, 2016-06-17, Kurds, Turkmen and Christian populations were forcibly relocated and replaced with Shi'a from Iraq's south. The expulsions continued after the 1991 uprisings. Kurdish villages were razed and thousands of new homes were built, including at least 200 homes for relatives of Iraqi soldiers killed during the Iran-Iraq War. Between 1968, when the Ba'ath Party first rose to power in Iraq, and 2003 between 200,000 and 300,000 persons were forcibly relocated out of Kirkuk.BOOK, Routledge, 978-1-317-96875-7, Stroschein, Sherrill, Governance in Ethnically Mixed Cities, The Future of Kirkuk, 2013-10-18, According to the Iraqi Ministry of Planning, by August 2005 (during the Iraq War), approximately 224,544 Kurds had returned to Kirkuk and 52,973 Arab persons had left the city.

Nationalization of Iraqi Petroleum Company

In 1972 the Iraqi government, led by then Vice-President Saddam Hussein, nationalized the Iraqi Petroleum Company (IPC), after being unable to reach an agreement that would increase oil exports and resolve a longstanding dispute over Law 80 of 1961. The Iraqi government began to sell its oil to Eastern bloc countries and the IPC's French partner CFP. After reaching an agreement with the Iraqis in 1973, the IPC members were able to retain some of their interests in southern Iraq through the Basra Petroleum Company but had lost Iraq's main oilfields, including the Kirkuk field.BOOK, Cambridge University Press, 978-0-521-78515-0, Bamberg, James, British Petroleum and Global Oil 1950-1975: The Challenge of Nationalism, 18. An Avalanche of Escalating Demands, 2000-08-31,

The First Gulf War

In 1991, Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait and was quickly routed by the United States in the First Gulf War (also called Operation Desert Storm). In the aftermath of the Iraqi army's defeat, rebellions broke out in Iraq; first in southern Iraq on March 1, and in the northern Kurdish region a few days later. By March 24 Kurdish peshmerga forces had seized control of Kirkuk , but they were only able to hold it until March 28 when it was reclaimed by Hussein's forces.BOOK, I.B.Tauris, 978-0-85771-373-5, Farouk-Sluglett, Marion, Sluglett, Peter, Iraq Since 1958: From Revolution to Dictatorship, 9. The Risings in the Shi'i South and Kurdistan, 2001-06-29, The US and UK began to enforce a no-fly zone in Northern Iraq and a de facto Kurdish Autonomous region emerged in the North. Arabs families were expelled from the Kurdish region and relocated to Kirkuk, which was still controlled by the Iraqi government. In these circumstances, Hussein's government further intensified the decades long policy of Arabization in Kirkuk, requiring that Kurds, Turkmen and Assyrians fill out "ethnic identity correction" forms and register as Arabs and many who refused to comply were forcibly relocated north of the Green Line.In May 1991, Massoud Barzani announced that Baghdad had conceded Kirkuk as the capital of the autonomous region, but when the Iraqi government demanded the Kurds join the Ba'athist government the dispute once again escalated to violent conflict and in October 1991 Iraqi forces had withdrawn from several Kurdish provinces in the North including Erbil, Dohuk and Sulaymaniyah.BOOK, Pluto Press, 978-0-7453-2662-7, Yildiz, Kerim, The Kurds in Iraq: The Past, Present and Future, The First Gulf War: From Uprising to Democracy, 2007, j.ctt18fs45h, 10.2307/j.ctt18fs45h,

Iraq War (2003-2011) and return of displaced Kurds

(File:Iraqi Personnel Graduate From Kirkuk Training Center DVIDS236956.jpg|thumb|Iraqi Personnel Graduate From Kirkuk)American and British military forces led an invasion of Iraq in March 2003, marking the start the Second Iraq War. Kurdish peshmerga fighters assisted in the 2003 capture of Kirkuk. Though the peshmerga were allowed to operate even after the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) disbanded and outlawed most of the armed militias in Iraq, the peshmerga were eventually asked to withdraw from Kirkuk and other Kurdish held provinces.Under the supervision of chief executive of Coalition Provisional Authority L. Paul Bremer, a convention was held on 24 May 2003 to select the first City Council in the history of this oil-rich, ethnically divided city. Each of the city's four major ethnic groups was invited to send a 39-member delegation from which they would be allowed to select six to sit on the City Council. Another six council members were selected from among 144 delegates to represent independents social groups such as teachers, lawyers, religious leaders and artists.Kirkuk's 30 members council is made up of five blocs of six members each. Four of those blocs are formed along ethnic lines—Kurds, Arabs, Assyrian and Turkmen—and the fifth is made up of independents which meant 10 more council seats given to two main Kurdish Parties by Paul Bremer as token of appreciation for cooperation with American Forces. Turkmen and Arabs complained that the Kurds allegedly hold five of the seats in the independent block. They were also infuriated that their only representative at the council's helm was an assistant mayor whom they considered pro-Kurdish. Abdul Rahman Mustafa (), a Baghdad-educated lawyer was elected mayor by 20 votes to 10. The appointment of an Arab, Ismail Ahmed Rajab Al Hadidi (), as deputy mayor went some way towards addressing Arab concerns.On 30 June 2005, through a secret direct voting process, with the participation of the widest communities in the province and despite all the political legal security complexities of this process in the country generally and in Kirkuk in particular, Kirkuk witnessed the birth of its first elected Provincial Council. The Independent Electoral Commission of Iraq IECI approved the elections and announced the outcome of this process, which filled the 41 seats of Kirkuk Provincial Council as follows:
  • 26 seats 367 List Kirkuk Brotherhood List KBL
  • 8 seats 175 List Iraqi Turkmen Front ITF
  • 5 seats 299 List Iraqi Republic Gathering
  • 1 seats 178 List Turkmen Islamic Coalition
  • 1 seats 289 List Iraqi National Gathering
The new Kirkuk Provincial Council started its second turn on 6 March 2005. Its inaugural session was dedicated to the introduction of its new members, followed by an oath ceremony supervised by Judge Thahir Hamza Salman, the Head of Kirkuk Appellate Court.Kirkuk is located in a disputed area of Iraq that runs from Sinjar on the Syrian border southeast to Khanaqin and Mandali on the Iranian border.JOURNAL, 86, 6, 1329–1343, Bartu, Peter, Wrestling with the integrity of a nation: the disputed internal boundaries in Iraq, International Affairs, 40929765, 2010, 10.1111/j.1468-2346.2010.00946.x, Kirkuk has been a disputed territory for around eighty years — Kurds wanted Kirkuk to become part of the Kurdistan Regional Government, which has been opposed by the regions with Arab and Turkmen populations. (Turkmen are Turkic people who remained in Iraq after the collapse of the Ottoman Empire).BOOK, Simon and Schuster, 978-1-4165-6225-2, Galbraith, Peter W., Unintended Consequences: How War in Iraq Strengthened America's Enemies, Turkey, 2008,weblink The Kurds sought to annex the long disputed territory to the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) through Article 140 of the Iraqi Constitution that was enacted in 2005.BOOK, Rowman & Littlefield, 978-1-5381-1050-8, Gunter, Michael M., Historical Dictionary of the Kurds, 2018-02-20, Under Article 140 the Ba'athist Arabization policy would be reversed: Displaced Kurds who had relocated to areas in the Kurdish autonomous region would return to Kirkuk, while the Arab Shi'a population would be compensated and relocated to areas in the south. After the Ba'athist regimes demographic and redistricting policies were undone a census and referendum would determine whether Kirkuk would be administered by the KRG or Baghdad.Following the 2010 parliamentary election the Kurds signed the Erbil Agreement and backed Nouri al-Maliki on the condition that Article 140 would be implemented.BOOK, Routledge, 978-1-317-11292-1, Danilovich, Alex, Iraqi Federalism and the Kurds: Learning to Live Together, 2. Introducing Iraq's Federal System, 2016-05-06,

Violence after US withdrawal

Three churches in Kirkuk were targeted with bombs in August 2011.NEWS,weblink Bombers target churches in northern Iraq: police, 2011-08-02, Reuters, 2019-05-11, en, On 12 July 2013, Kirkuk was hit by a deadly bomb, killing 38 people in an attack on a café. A few days prior, on 11 July 2013, over 40 people were killed in a series of bombings and shootings across Iraq, including in Kirkuk.NEWS, Iraqi city of Kirkuk hit by deadly bomb attack,weblink BBC News, 13 July 2013,

Kurdish control (2014-2016)

On 12 June 2014, following the 2014 Northern Iraq offensive, during which ISIS secured control of Tikrit and nearby areas in Syria, the Iraqi army evacuated Kirkuk and Kurdish armed groups occupied the city.Iraq crisis: Baghdad prepares for the worst as Islamist militants vow to capture the capital, UK Independent, accessed 13 June 2014.WEB, Kurds take oil-rich Kirkuk amid advance of ISIL insurgency in Iraq,weblink Al Jazeera America, Al Jazeera, 14 June 2014, 12 June 2014, On 21 October 2016, ISIL launched multiple attacks in Kirkuk to divert Iraqi military resources during the Battle of Mosul. Witnesses reported multiple explosions and gun battles in the city, most centered on a government compound. At least 11 workers, including several Iranians, were killed by a suicide bomber at a power plant in nearby Dibis.NEWS, Isil launches bomb and gunfire attacks in Iraqi oil city to divert attention from Mosul battle,weblink 21 October 2016, The Daily Telegraph, 21 October 2016, The attack was brought to an end by 24 October, with 74 militants being killed and others including the leader of the attackers being arrested.NEWS, Attack in Iraq's Kirkuk over, 74 IS jihadists killed: Governor,weblink 24 October 2016, The New Indian Express, 24 October 2016,

Kurdish-Iraqi conflict

On 16 October 2017, the Iraqi national army and PMF militia retook controlNEWS,weblink Iraqi troops seize parts of oil-rich Kurdish region that voted for independence, 15 October 2017, CNBC, 16 October 2017, of Kirkuk as Kurdish Peshmerga retreated from the city.WEB,weblink Iraq: Iranian Subversion and American Engagement, Schrupp, Kenneth, 2018-07-24, The California Review, en-US, 2019-07-25, The city had been under Kurdish Peshmerga control since 2014.NEWS, Iraqi Kurdish forces take Kirkuk as Isis sets its sights on Baghdad,weblink 17 October 2017, The Guardian, 12 June 2014, Kirkuk has been a disputed territory for around eighty years — Kurds have wanted Kirkuk to become part of Kurdistan Regional Government, which is opposed by the regions Arab and Turkmen populations. (Turkmen are Turkic people who remained in Iraq after the collapse of the Ottoman Empire).BOOK, Simon and Schuster, 978-1-4165-6225-2, Galbraith, Peter W., Unintended Consequences: How War in Iraq Strengthened America's Enemies, 2008,weblink The Kurds were promised a referendum to resolve Kirkuk's status under Article 140 of the Iraqi Constitution. Following the 2010 parliamentary election the Kurds signed the Erbil Agreement and backed Nouri al-Maliki on the condition that Article 140 would be implemented.


The most reliable census concerning the ethnic composition of Kirkuk dates back to 1957. Whilst the Turkish-speaking Iraqi Turkmen formed the majoirty in the City of Kirkuk, the Kurds formed the majority in the Kirkuk Governorate. Kirkuk province borders were later altered, the province was renamed al-Ta'mim and Kurdish dominated districts were added to Erbil and Sulamaniya provinces.NEWS,weblink Can the U.N. avert a Kirkuk border war?, 25 April 2008, CS Monitor, 2 August 2012, Dagher, Sam, {| class="wikitable"! colspan="3" |Census Results for the City Proper of Kirkuk in 1957WEB,weblink Iraq,, 2016-10-16, yes,weblink" title="">weblink 17 April 2017, dmy-all, |Mother tongue |Population |PercentageTurkish language>Turkish|45,306|37.6%Kurdish language>Kurdish|40,047|33.3%Arabic language>Arabic|27,127|22.5%Syriac language>Syriac|1,509|1.3%Hebrew language>Hebrew|101|0.1%|Total|120,402|A report by the International Crisis Group points out that figures from the 1977 and 1997 censuses "are all considered highly problematic, due to suspicions of regime manipulation" because Iraqi citizens were only allowed to indicate belonging to either the Arab or Kurdish ethnic groups;WEB, 2008, Turkey and the Iraqi Kurds: Conflict or Cooperation?,weblink International Crisis Group, 16, 19 June 2018, In Kirkuk governorate overall, the Kurds were the largest group (187,593), with the Arabs second (109,620) and the Turkomans third (83,371). Subsequent censuses, in 1967, 1977, 1987 and 1997, are all considered highly problematic, due to suspicions of regime manipulation. Moreover, the last three reflect the changes wrought by Arabisation, when Iraqis could indicate belonging to one of two ethnicities only: Arab or Kurd. This meant that many Turkomans identified themselves as Arabs (the Kurds not being a desirable ethnic group in Saddam Hussein’s Iraq), thereby skewing the numbers., consequently, this skewed the number of other ethnic minorities. Many Iraqi Turkmen declared themselves as Arabs (because the Kurds were not desirable under Saddam Hussein's regime), reflecting the changes wrought by Arabisation.

Ethnic groups

(File:Kirkuk Demographical Map 2014.png|237px|right|thumb|Ethnic groups in Kirkuk and its environs in 2014{{dubious|date=February 2018}}, at the time of the capture of the area by Kurdish forces.)The four largest ethnicities in the city of Kirkuk are Iraqi Turkmen, Kurds, Arabs, and Assyrians.After attacks by ISIS, Kurdish authorities who were suspicious of the Arab refugees in Kirkuk, expelled hundreds of Arab families who had fled to the region during Iraq's war against ISIS. The refugees were sent to camps for the displaced or to their places of origin. Some of the displaced described themselves as locals and not as internally displaced. weblink

Iraqi Turkmen/Turkoman

File:Misak-i_milli.png|thumb|The Republic of Turkey's borders according to the National Pact ]]The Turkmen/Turkoman are descendants of numerous Turkic migration waves. The earliest arrivals date back to the Umayyads and Abbasid eras, when they arrived as military recruits.Matthew Gordon, The Breaking of a Thousand Swords: A History of the Turkish Military of Samarra, A.H. 200-275/815-889 C.E., SUNY Press, 2001, p.1 Considerable Turcoman settlement continued during the Seljuq era when Toghrul entered Iraq in 1055 with his army composed mostly of Oghuz Turks. Kirkuk remained under the control of the Seljuq Empire for 63 years. However, the largest Turkic migration waves occurred during the four centuries of Ottoman rule (1535–1919) when Turkish migrants from Anatolia were encouraged to settle in the region;{{citation |last=Taylor|first=Scott|year=2004|title=Among the Others: Encounters with the Forgotten Turkmen of Iraq|place=|publisher=Esprit de Corps Books|page=31|isbn=978-1-895896-26-8}} indeed, it is largely from this period that modern Turkmens claim association with Anatolia and the modern Turkish state.In particular, following the conquest of Iraq by the Ottoman sultan Suleiman the Magnificent in 1535, Kirkuk came firmly under Ottoman control and was referred to “Gökyurt” (Blue Homeland) in the Ottoman records, "perhaps indicating that Kirkuk was identified as a particularly Turkic town by that time."{{citation |last1=Anderson|first1=Liam D.|last2=Stansfield|first2=Gareth R. V.|year=2009|chapter=Kirkuk Before Iraq|title=Crisis in Kirkuk: The Ethnopolitics of Conflict and Compromise|publisher=University of Pennsylvania Press|page=17|isbn=978-0-8122-4176-1}} Under the Ottomans, Turkish migrations from Anatolia to Kirkuk occurred throughout the centuries; firstly during the initial conquest of 1535, followed by the arrival of Turkish families with the army of sultan Murad IV in 1638, whilst others came later with other notable Ottoman figures. These families occupied the highest socioeconomic strata and held the most important bureaucratic jobs until the end of Ottoman rule. During this period, the Turcoman were the predominant population of Kirkuk city and its close environs but Kurds constituted the majority of the rural population of Kirkuk. Kirkuk had a population near 30,000 in the late 1910s, Turkmens were majority in the city center, dominating the political and economic life of the area.WEB,weblink Türkmenler, yes,weblink" title="">weblink 4 March 2016, dmy-all, Bruinessen, Martin van, and Walter Posch Looking into Iraq 2005. {{webarchive|url= |date=17 April 2017 }}Currently Iraqi Turkmen politicians hold just over 20 percent of seats on Kirkuk's city council, while Turkmen leaders say they make up nearly a third of the city.WEB,weblink The Turkmen of Iraq: Between a rock and a hard place, 20 August 2015,


The Assyrians have an ancient history in Kirkuk, as they do throughout northern Iraq. As Arrapha it was a part of the Old Assyrian Empire (c.1975–1750 BC), and fully incorporated into Assyria proper by the 14th century BC during the Middle Assyrian Empire (1365–105 BC), and remained so until the downfall of the Neo-Assyrian Empire between 615 and 599 BC. After this it was an integral part of Achaemenid Assyria (Athura), and during the Parthian Empire was centre to an independent Neo Assyrian state named Beth Garmai, before being incorporated into Assuristan by the Sassanid Empire.The Seleucid town, like many other Upper Mesopotamian cities had a significant indigenous Assyrian population. Christianity was established among them in the 2nd century by the bishop Tuqrītā (Theocritos).ENCYCLOPEDIA, BĒṮ SELŌḴ, Encyclopedia Iranica, 24 June 2014, Morony, Michael, 1989, IV, 188,weblink During the Sasanian times the town became an important centre of the Assyrian Church of the East, with several of its bishops rising to the rank of Patriarch. Tensions among Christians and Zoroastrians led to a severe persecution of Christians during the reign of Shapur II (309–379 A.D.) as recorded in the Acts of the Persian Martyrs. Persecution resumed under Yazdegerd II in 445 A.D. who massacred thousands of them. Their situation greatly improved under the Sasanians in the following two centuries after the advent of a national Persian church of free of Byzantine influence, namely Nestorianism.{{harvnb|Bosworth|1954|p=144}} During the Sasanian times the town became an important centre of the Church of the East, with several of its bishops rising to the rank of Patriarch. Tensions among Christians and Zoroastrians led to a severe persecution of Christians during the reign of Shapur II (309-79 A.D.) as recorded in the Acts of the Persian Martyrs. Their situation greatly improved under the Sasanians in the following two centuries. During the Sasanian times the town became an important centre of the Church of the East, with several of its bishops rising to the rank of Patriarch. Persecution resumed under Yazdegerd II in 445 A.D. who massacred thousands of them. Tradition puts the death toll at 12,000 among them the patriarch Shemon Bar Sabbae.BOOK, Afram I Barsoum, Ignatius Aphrem I Barsoum, Moosa, Matti, The Scattered Pearls: A History of Syriac Literature and Sciences,weblink 2003, Gorgias Press LLC, 978-1-931956-04-8, 164, The city was known as the centre of the prosperous Ecclesiastical Province of Beth Garmai which lingered until the conquests of Timur Leng in 1400 A.D.During the Ottoman period most of Kirkuk's Christians followed the Chaldean Catholic Church whose bishop resided in the Cathedral of the Great Martyrion which dates back to the 5th century. The Cathedral was however used as a powder storage and was blown up as the Ottomans retreated in 1918.{{harvnb|Bosworth|1954|p=145}}The discovery of oil brought more Christians to Kirkuk, however they were also affected by the Arabization policy of the Baath Party.{{harvnb|Anderson|Stansfield|2013|p=51}} Their numbers continued to plummet after the American invasion,{{harvnb|Anderson|Stansfield|2013|p=6}} and they occupy 4% of municipal offices, a percentage thought to be representative of their numbers in the city.{{harvnb|Anderson|Stansfield|2013|p=161}} They number around 2,000.Kirkuk and environs – Ethnic composition, 2014 Created by Mehrdad Izady, Gulf 2000 Project. Columbia University.


The Armenians of Kirkuk established a church in the old part of the city in 1906, and the population grew afterwards with the arrival of refugees from the Armenian Genocide. During the rule of Saddam Hussein, many Armenians were killed and deported. There are currently around 500 in the city.{{Citation needed|date=April 2017}}


Jews had a long history in Kirkuk. Ottoman records show that in 1560 there were 104 Jewish homes in Kirkuk,WEB,weblink Diplomatic Observer, Diplomatic Observer, 2 December 2004, 2013-03-26, yes,weblink" title="">weblink 21 January 2013, dmy-all, and in 1896 there were 760 Jews in the city.JOURNAL,weblink Who Owns Kirkuk? The Kurdish Case :: Middle East Quarterly, Middle East Quarterly,, 2013-03-26, January 2007, Talabany, Nouri, After World War I, the Jewish population increased, especially after Kirkuk became a petroleum center; in 1947 there were 2,350 counted in the census. Jews were generally engaged in commerce and handicraft. Social progress was slow, and it was only in the 1940s that some Jewish students acquired secondary academic education. By 1951 almost all of the Jews had left for Israel.WEB,weblink Kirkuk,, 2013-03-26,


{{expand section|date=October 2017}}Kurds have a long history in Kirkuk before the Baban family. The Baban family was a Kurdish family that, in the 18th and 19th centuries, dominated the political life of the province of Sharazor, in present-day Iraqi Kurdistan. The first member of the clan to gain control of the province and its capital, Kirkuk, was Sulayman Beg. Enjoying almost full autonomy, the Baban family established Kirkuk as their capital. It was from this time that Kurds in Iraq began to view Kirkuk as their capital. This persisted even after the Babans moved their administration to the new town of Sulaymaniya, named after the dynasty's founder, in the late 18th century.Encyclopedia of the Ottoman Empire, Baban Family Entry, p.70

Main sites

Ancient architectural monuments of Kirkuk include: The archaeological sites of Qal'at Jarmo and Yorgan Tepe are found at the outskirts of the modern city. In 1997, there were reports that the government of Saddam Hussein "demolished Kirkuk's historic citadel with its mosques and ancient church".JOURNAL,weblink Who Owns Kirkuk? The Kurdish Case :: Middle East Quarterly, Middle East Quarterly,, 2013-03-26, January 2007, Talabany, Nouri, WEB, John Pike,weblink Kirkuk Citadel,, 2013-03-26, The architectural heritage of Kirkuk sustained serious damage during World War I (when some pre-Muslim Assyrian Christian monuments were destroyed) and, more recently, during the Iraq War. Simon Jenkins reported in June 2007 that "eighteen ancient shrines have been lost, ten in Kirkuk and the south in the past month alone".NEWS,weblink London, The Guardian, In Iraq's four-year looting frenzy, the allies have become the vandals, Simon, Jenkins, 7 June 2007,



Kirkuk experiences a hot semi-arid climate (Köppen climate classification: BSh) with extremely hot and dry summers and cool, rainy winters. Snow is rare but it has fallen in 22 February 2004,NEWS, Cole, William, Rare Iraq snowfall lifts troops' spirits,weblink 3 March 2013, The Honolulu Advertiser, 23 February 2004, and from 10 to 11 January 2008.NEWS, Iraq under cold front bringing snow and below zero temperatures,weblink 3 March 2013, Indian Muslims, 11–12 January 2008, Kuwait News Agency (KUNA), BAGHDAD, Jan 11 (KUNA) – Snow fell on large areas of Iraq following two days of low temperature. Dr. Daoud Shaker, head of the Iraqi weather bureau told the Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) snow fell in Baghdad during two hours in the morning on Friday after coming under the effect of two pressure systems, one cold originating from Siberia and the other warm coming from the sea. He said the temperature on Friday was "below zero in several Iraqi areas" resulting in snowfalls Thursday in several western areas. But the snowfall continued on Friday along with the low temperatures, he added. He predicted that the snowfalls and rain would subside as of Friday night paving the way for subzero temperatures in the next few days that could reach six degrees Celsius below zero specifically at night. He added that the snow that fell on Baghdad has melted. But in Kirkuk and several northern cities including Suleimaniah, snow fell again on Friday along with very low temperatures. According to weather sources, up to four millimeters of snow fell on Kirkuk Friday., yes,weblink" title="">weblink 28 September 2013, {{Weather box|width = auto| location = Kirkuk (1976–2008)| metric first = Y| single line = Y| Jan high C = 13.8| Feb high C = 15.7| Mar high C = 20.1| Apr high C = 26.3| May high C = 33.7| Jun high C = 39.8| Jul high C = 43.2| Aug high C = 42.8| Sep high C = 38.7| Oct high C = 31.4| Nov high C = 22.6| Dec high C = 15.8|Jan mean C = 9.1|Feb mean C = 10.7|Mar mean C = 14.6|Apr mean C = 20.1|May mean C = 26.7|Jun mean C = 32.2|Jul mean C = 35.4|Aug mean C = 35.0|Sep mean C = 31.0|Oct mean C = 24.8|Nov mean C = 16.9|Dec mean C = 11.1| Jan low C = 4.4| Feb low C = 5.7| Mar low C = 9.0| Apr low C = 13.8| May low C = 19.6| Jun low C = 24.5| Jul low C = 27.5| Aug low C = 27.1| Sep low C = 23.2| Oct low C = 18.1| Nov low C = 11.2| Dec low C = 6.3|precipitation colour = green| Jan precipitation mm = 68.3| Feb precipitation mm = 66.7| Mar precipitation mm = 57.3| Apr precipitation mm = 44.1| May precipitation mm = 13.4| Jun precipitation mm = 0.1| Jul precipitation mm = 0.2| Aug precipitation mm = 0.0| Sep precipitation mm = 0.7| Oct precipitation mm = 12.4| Nov precipitation mm = 39.1| Dec precipitation mm = 59.0| Jan precipitation days = 11| Feb precipitation days = 11| Mar precipitation days = 11| Apr precipitation days = 9| May precipitation days = 5| Jun precipitation days = 0| Jul precipitation days = 0| Aug precipitation days = 0| Sep precipitation days = 0| Oct precipitation days = 5| Nov precipitation days = 7| Dec precipitation days = 10LAST=WMO, World Weather Information Service, | date = January 2016}}

Notable people

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See also




  • BOOK, Anderson, Liam, Stansfield, Gareth, Crisis in Kirkuk: The Ethnopolitics of Conflict and Compromise,weblink 2011, University of Pennsylvania Press, 978-0-8122-0604-3,
  • BOOK, Bosworth, The Encyclopaedia of Islam Vol. V,weblink 1954, Brill, 978-90-04-06056-2, 144–147,
  • BOOK, Edwards, I. E. S., Gadd, C. J., Hammond, N. G. L., The Cambridge Ancient History: Vol. 1, pt. 1,weblink 3 January 2013, 1991, Cambridge University Press,
  • BOOK, The Cambridge Ancient History: Vol. 1, part 2, Edwards, Iorwerth Eiddon Stephen, Charlesworth, Martin Percival, Boardman, John,weblink 3 January 2013, 1970, Cambridge University Press,

Further reading

Published in the 19th century
  • BOOK, Cyclopaedia of India and of Eastern and Southern Asia, 1871, 2nd, Madras, Edward Balfour,weblink Kirkook,
  • {{Citation |publisher = John Murray |location = London |title = Handbook for Travellers in Asia Minor, Transcaucasia, Persia, etc. |editor= Charles Wilson |editor-link=Charles William Wilson |date = 1895 |oclc = 8979039 |chapter=Kirkuk |chapterurl=weblink }}

Published in the 20th century
  • {{Citation |publisher = Encyclopædia Britannica Co. |location = New York |title = Encyclopædia Britannica |date = 1910 |oclc = 14782424 |edition=11th |chapterurl =weblink |chapter = Kerkuk }}
  • {{Citation |publisher = Karl Baedeker |location = Leipzig |title = Palestine and Syria |edition =5th |date = 1912 |chapter=Kerkuk |chapterurl=weblink }}

Published in the 21st century
  • {{Citation |publisher = ABC-CLIO |location = Santa Barbara, USA |editor1 = Michael R.T. Dumper |editor2=Bruce E. Stanley |chapter=Kirkuk |title = Cities of the Middle East and North Africa |date = 2008 |isbn=978-1576079195 }}

External links

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