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Kirkuk Tensions Rise as Neither Irbil, Baghdad Back Down

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In Kirkuk, it appears competing claims to the divided Iraqi city are being negotiated with flags. And at the moment, the Kurdish side is winning.
 
But in recent weeks, flags signaling Iraq's claim have been showing up more and more. They're not government flags, though, but Shia Islam banners, a nod to the sect dominant among leaders in Baghdad and their supporters.
 
Kirkuk residents seem largely relieved the competition is confined to pieces of cloth, after weeks of...

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