By PBS NewsHour
A string of deadly bombings Monday in the northern city of Kirkuk killed more than 80 people and wounded at least 180, deepening concerns that Sunni insurgents are spreading to areas outside of Baghdad.
As insurgents blew up an oil well outside the Iraqi city of Kirkuk Thursday, Independent Television News looks at the increasingly violent dispute between ethnic and religious groups in the city.
After years of tensions, Turkey is considering military action in northern Iraq to root out Kurdish extremists, as the country's frustration with the inaction of U.S. forces and the Baghdad government grows.
While numerous plans were proposed over recent months to break the violence gripping Iraq's capital, the fact that most of the fighting is occurring in Arab regions has elevated Arab issues, making Kurds in the North feel increasingly marginalized.
After Kurdish soldiers and American forces poured into Iraq's northern oil city Kirkuk Thursday, Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul said that his country would be sending in military observers to ensure Kurds do not retain control of the area.
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