Fears that heavy-handed tactics might fuel new Sunni insurgency as UN investigates claims Kurdish homes were burned.
Iraq’s record is full of countless violations of human rights.
Gunshots heard, MPs barricaded in offices
Something unexpected given the Kurdish position during the Iraq war, where Kurdistan became a heaven for American soldiers.
According to local reports the Kurdish forces near Altun Kupri tried to blow up a bridge to slow the Iraqi advance.
The Iraqi central government forces have advanced into Kirkuk province largely unopposed as most Peshmerga forces withdrew without a fight.
As US expresses concern, Iraqi forces launch major attack alongside Iranian-backed militias to take city run by Kurdistan Regional Government.