Les forces kurdes ont abandonné les terres qu’elles avaient contrôlées

Less than three weeks later, the poll has had the opposite effect, stripping away the extra 40% of land – up to 36,000 sq km (14,000 sq miles) – its leaders had claimed and showcasing an intractable divide between the region’s two rival power bases.

The rapid fall of Kirkuk gave impetus to the capitulation across northern Iraq, with forces loyal to Baghdad sweeping unopposed into areas that military leaders thought they would have to fight for.

Instead, Iraqi troops found empty streets, shuttered shops and primitive roadblocks, which were quickly cleared, before the relaxed arrivals took up their new positions.

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