On October 21, a group of ISIS terrorists attacked the Kurdish city of Kirkuk (150 km from Mosul).
The attack was made from the direction of the so-called ‘Hawija pocket’ (30 km from Kirkuk), using the involvement of Iraqi forces in the ongoing operation to re-take Mosul from ISIS.
The group of ISIS militants that had entered the city joined some ISIS sleeping cells inside Kirkuk and launched a series of offensive operations to seize southern neighbourhoods. By now, ISIS terrorists have taken control of almost all southern neighborhoods of Kirkuk.
At the same time, the Iraqi Army and Peshmerga forces send reinforcements to Kirkuk. However, their efforts to counter ISIS operations have not resulted in a success.