KIRKUK, Iraq — Kirkuk seemed to take everyone by surprise. With the speed that the Kurds entered the city and the inefficiency of Iraqi resistance. Where are the all the troops? What’s happened to the Republican Guard? At the moment, I have no answers to that other than the usual, “they gave up,” line I get from Kurdish commanders.
At any rate, we’ve been told by the KDP and PUK that no journalists are allowed into Mosul or Kirkuk until order can be restored. (The looting wasn’t _that_ bad in Kirkuk…) The reason blocking media
Be that as it may, today I’m staying in Arbil to get some reaction to yesterday’s emotional events. I’m also going to dig a little deeper on the Turkish issue and talk to the Turkomen group here. I also have a couple of features to research. When I have more to post today (i.e., reaction to the Turks’ threats) I will. In the meantime, I’ll put up these photos I took yesterday in Kirkuk.
More later. Perhaps tomorrow I’ll be in Tikrit, insh’allah.