Will Victory In Kirkuk Lead To A Kurdish State? | WBEZ
Skip to main content


Will Victory In Kirkuk Lead To A Kurdish State?

Iraqi forces are now in control of the last district in the oil-rich province of Kirkuk. after Kurdish Peshmerga fighters took over after a three-hour battle, according to security sources.

Larger geopolitical questions are now in play. Syria, Turkey, and Iraq do not want to see their Kurdish regions merge into a united Kurdistan.

Christine van den Toorn, director of the Institute for Regional and International Studies at the American University of Iraq-Sulaimani based in Iraq’s Kurdistan region, gives us an update on the humanitarian situation and also analysis on the question of the Kirkuk victory signaling the beginning of a Kurdish state. 

Get the WBEZ App

Download the best live and on-demand public radio experience. Find out more.