Battle of Kirkuk (2014)
|Battle of Kirkuk (2014)|
|Part of Northern Iraq offensive (June 2014)|
|CJTF–OIR||Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant|
|Commanders and leaders|
|Masoud Barzani (President of Iraqi Kurdistan)||Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (Self-declared "Caliph" of ISIL)|
|Casualties and losses|
On 17 June 2014, the ISIL forces started an offensive to conquer the city. Soon after, the group attacked the village Basheer 15 km south of Kirkuk city, the group clashed with the local forces, capturing the village after an hour of fighting. The group also captured two sub-districts of the city: one in the west of Kirkuk city (Multaqa sub-district) and one in the south of Kirkuk city (Taza sub-district) Later in the day the Peshmerga forces with support of air strikes by their allies, the (US-led Coalition), recaptured both sub-districts of the city.
On 18 June 2014, ISIL tried to capture the city once again, this time in the northern part of the city. They also tried to capture its oil reserves as well. However, the Peshmerga forces successfully defended the city against the isis again.
On the night of 29 January and 30 January, ISIL attacked Kirkuk in a new battle.
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