Iraqi Turkmen Front takes up arms against ISIL-UPDATED

June 17, 2014 4:34 PM

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Iraqi Turkmen Front takes up arms against ISIL-UPDATED

The Turkmen community in Iraq's northern city of Kirkuk have begun to take up arms after militants linked with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) reportedly captured the Turkmen-majority city of Tel Afar.

“Turkmens have the right to use weapons to protect themselves and they will do so,” said Iraqi Turkmen Front Leader Ersad Salihi during a press conference attended by armed Turkmen fighters.

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