ISIS Failure in Kirkuk Shows Its Loss of Sunni Arab Support

(Wall Street Journal) Yaroslav Trofimov - Last Friday, more than 100 Islamic State fighters launched a surprise attack on the Iraqi city of Kirkuk, a multiethnic city of Kurds, Arabs and Turkmen. In the Arab areas of Kirkuk, Islamic State militants went to the mosques, using the pre-dawn call to prayer to urge local residents to rally behind them. But the only civilians who came out to the streets with arms were mostly from the Kurdish areas, who tried to help security forces defending the city. By the time the street battles died down on Tuesday, more than 80 Islamic State militants were dead.

2016-10-27 00:00:00

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