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In Kirkuk, Ethnic Conflicts Heightened by Upcoming Election

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In Kirkuk, Ethnic Conflicts Heightened by Upcoming Election

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In Kirkuk, Ethnic Conflicts Heightened by Upcoming Election

In Kirkuk, Ethnic Conflicts Heightened by Upcoming Election

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Nowhere will Sunday's Iraqi elections be more hotly contested than in the northern city of Kirkuk, the scene of frequent violence and escalating tensions among its Kurdish, Arab and Turkmen residents. Saddam Hussein's government deported tens of thousands of Kurds. Since the U.S. invasion, many Kurds have returned to the city, aggravating interethnic tensions.