Kirkuk

Kirkuk

Kirkuk (Arabic: كركوك‎ Karkūk, Turkish: Kerkük, Kurdish: کەرکووک‎ Kerkûk; Karkh-Selokh) is an Iraqi city and the capital of the Kirkuk Governorate of Iraq, 238 kilometres (148 miles) north of Baghdad.[2] Kirkuk lies in a wide zone with an enormously diverse population and has been multilingual for centuries. There were dramatic demographic changes during Kirkuk's urbanization in the twentieth century, which saw the development of distinct ethnic groups.[3]Kurds, Turkmen, Arabs and Assyrians lay conflicting claims to this zone, and all have their historical accounts and memories to buttress their claims.[4]Iraqi Turkmens consider Kirkuk to be the capital of Turkmeneli.[5]

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