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Ethnic Rivalries Boil in Northern Iraq City

Attackers fired a rocket at a Kurdish political party’s headquarters in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk overnight, the latest salvo in nearly a week of simmering tensions among ethnic groups in the oil-rich city. Police said on Monday a Russian-made Katyusha rocket hit the head office of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), one of two main political parties representing the Kurdish minority in Iraq. A guard in the building was injured. It followed the deaths of at least six people in two days of violent disturbances last week between Kurds seeking to tighten their grip on the city and their Arab and Turkish-speaking Turkmen opponents. U.S. forces imposed a night curfew on the city on Saturday to keep a lid on tensions which have been fueled by the Kurdish political drive for more control over the city and the region. Full Story

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