The loss of control of Kirkuk oil fields is likely to starve the KRG of vital oil revenue and cause deep concern to global trading houses.
The Kurds held a referendum on independence on September 25 that Baghdad called illegal.
Kurdish Peshmerga forces withdrew from the town, located on the Zab river, after battling the advancing Iraqi troops with machine guns and mortars.
The Kurds consider Monday’s referendum to be a historic step in the generations-old quest for a state of their own.
The voting is open to all registered residents, Kurds and non-Kurds, in the Kurdish-held areas in northern Iraq aged 18 or over.
France is a main partner in the US-led coalition helping Baghdad fight the militants who seized parts of Iraq and Syria in 2014.
The decision is likely to get a lot of opposition by the government which earlier this year had made an unsuccessful resolution to lower Kurdish flags flown in the region.
The attacks targeted the late-night crowds typical of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan and were claimed by ISIS in statements on its Amaq news agency.
The same district in Baghdad has been bombed twice in the past year, both times being claimed as the responsibility of ISIS.
The site of the citadel dates back almost 8000 years and archaeologists have uncovered ancient artefacts, as workers revive it as a tourist spot and museum.
In Sunni-majority Mosul, Saddam Hussein is still idolised and the central authorities in Baghdad are distrusted as Mosul limps through the ISIS occupation.
Iraqi forces battled ISIS militants in their stronghold of Mosul and took control of the last major road leading west from the city, before bomb blasts ripped through a wedding party near Tikrit, killing more than 20 people.
In western Mosul, the UN estimates that up to 400,000 civilians, half of them children, already suffering shortages could be displaced by the offensive.
The US commander in Iraq, army Lieutenant General Stephen Townsend, says that they will be able to capture Mosul and Raqqa within the next six months.
Influential cleric Moqtada al-Sadr and Iran backed Nuri-al-Maliki are locked in a tussle to gain enough power before the upcoming elections.
The clashes broke out as the protesters attempted to cross the bridge that links Tahrir Square and the heavily fortified Green Zone.
ISIS claimed carrying out the first attack in a statement, saying the bomber had targeted “a gathering of Shi’ites” in Jamila, the other was unclaimed.
Four other attacks on Monday, claimed by ISIS, killed nine more people – bringing the total death toll in the capital over the past three days to over 60.
Police said the blasts went off near car parts shops in Sinak neighbourhood during the morning rush. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.
A suicide truck bomb killed about 100 people, most of them Iranian Shi’ite pilgrims, at a petrol station in Hilla city, south of Baghdad.
Gun trucks and humvees streamed north heading to Mosul, flying the banners of Shi’ite militias along with Iraqi flags while blaring religious songs.
ISIS’s assault on Kirkuk, which lies in an oil-producing region, killed six members of the security forces and two Iranians
Iraqi forces backed by air strikes from the US-led coalition gained complete control of the northern district of Shirqat, which is 100 km south of Mosul.
Thousands of civilians are thought to be trapped in Shirqat, and officials have warned for months of a humanitarian disaster inside, where residents living under ISIS’s harsh rule say food supplies have dwindled and prices soared.
Interviews with soldiers who survived the siege of Fallujah reveal the immense human cost that the battle extracted.
It is the highest number of militants executed in one day by the Iraqi government since ISIS fighters took control of parts of northern and western Iraq in 2014.
The attack was the deadliest bombing in Iraq since US-led forces toppled Saddam Hussein 13 years ago.
As the geographical area under ISIS control shrinks, it is encouraging its supporters to carry out “lone wolf” attacks.
‘Useless’ bomb detectors are being used by security personnel throughout the Middle East, serving no real purpose other than being a symbolic deterrent.
ISIS continues to wreak havoc in Iraq, claims responsibility for a suicide car bombing that killed 16 people outside an Iraqi town on Monday morning.
US officials consider the increasing use of suicide bombers by ISIS as a sign of weakness.
Forces took control of Qayara base, a strategic air base south of Mosul, on July 9, with air support from the US-led coalition.
No group has taken responsibility for the bombing in Rashidiya so far, as Baghdad remains on high alert for possible attacks.
The attack on the Mausoleum of Sayid Mohammed bin Ali al-Hadi has reignited fears of an escalation of the sectarian strife between Iraq’s Shi’ites and Sunnis.
The weekend attack has shown that ISIS is still capable of bombing Baghdad despite having lost control of their stronghold, Falluja last month.
Despite a string of territorial gains by Iraq’s ground forces against ISIS, the attacks show that ISIS can still strike in the heart of the Iraqi capital.
The twin bombings are the deadliest this year and took place despite the major victory of Iraqi forces in dislodging ISIS from their stronghold of Falluja last month.
The attack in Dhaka could be the work of local radical groups seeking publicity through their gruesome acts but the common discourse is international
ISIS has claimed responsibility for the two bombings that targeted a busy shopping area.
The quasi-state is now vulnerable to attack on many fronts, thanks to fewer militants to enforce its draconian rules and unsuccessful efforts to recruit locals.