Kurdish peshmerga fighters take complete control of the northern oil city of Kirkuk – known as the ‘Kurdish Jerusalem’ – after government troops flee as ISIS advances across the north of the country and takes the city of Mosul. Kirkuk governor Najmaldin Karim:
The army disappeared.
Shoresh Haji, a Kurdish member of Iraq’s Parliament:
I hope that the Kurdish leadership will not miss this golden opportunity to bring Kurdish lands in the disputed territories back under Kurdish control. It is a very sad situation for Mosul, but at the same time, history has presented us with only one or two other moments at which we could regain our territory, and this is an opportunity we cannot ignore.