The most important development in this respect is what happened last week in Kirkuk.
At the time, the Kurdish Peshmerga did take up positions in the oil-rich city of Kirkuk, where they remain to this day.
Among the challenges is how to deal with the Arab-Kurd fault line and the disputed oil-rich city of Kirkuk.
Miraculously, and thanks to three hundred Marines and Cobra attack helicopters, the convoy made it to Kirkuk.
“No one has asked us to abandon those posts in Kirkuk,” Talabani said.
Kirkuk is of very ancient origin—but of its early history little is known.
At length we got round to the road, and started to advance down it to Kirkuk.
It was rumored that we would continue to push on and would attack Kirkuk.
Once we had reached the far side we set out to pick our way round Kirkuk to get astride the road leading thence to Altun Kupri.
It provides an easy passage practicable in the depth of winter, from Armenia to Kirkuk and Baghdad.