Kurdish Protectors Vow to Keep Their 'Jerusalem'

While Peshmerga contol has proven beneficial to the people of Kirkuk so far, it’s just going to imperil a unified Iraq going forward.

They don't look like they're leaving.

Photographer: Marwan Ibrahim/AFP/Getty Images

One of the more remarkable facts about Iraq in 2015 is that Kurdish fighters today protect the diverse, oil rich city of Kirkuk from a Jihadist army.  And while this arrangement has proven beneficial to the people of Kirkuk so far, it’s just the kind of thing that imperils a unified Iraq going forward.

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