, romanized: Kerkûk
) is a city in Iraq
, serving as the capital of the Kirkuk Governorate
, located 238 kilometres (148 miles) north of Baghdad
It is home to a diverse population of Turkmens
, who lay conflicting claims to the city. 
Kirkuk historically has a Turkmen majority, but experienced demographic changes due to Arabization
The city sits on the ruins of the original Kirkuk Citadel
which sits near the Khasa River
Kirkuk was proclaimed the "capital of Iraqi culture" in 2010.
It is claimed by the Kurdistan Regional Government
as its capital.
Kirkuk is also considered by Iraqi Turkmens to be their cultural and historical capital.
It is also thought that region was known during the Parthian
periods as Garmakan
, which means the 'Land of Warmth' or the 'Hot Land'. In Persian
"Garm" means warm;
After the 7th century, Muslim writers used the name Kirkheni
) to refer to the city.
Others used other variant, such as Bajermi
(a corruption of Aramaic "B'th Garmayeh" or Jermakan
(a corruption of Persian Garmakan) .
It is suggested that Kirkuk was one of the places occupied by Neanderthals
based on archeological findings in the Shanidar Cave
A large amount of pottery shards dating to the Ubaid period
were also excavated from several Tells
in the city.
Later the city was occupied around 2150 BC by language Isolate
speaking Zagros Mountains dwellers who were known as the Gutian people by the Semitic and Sumerian of Mesopotamians. Arraphkha was the capital of the short-lived Guti kingdom (Gutium), before it was destroyed and the Gutians driven from Mesopotamia by the Neo-Sumerian Empire
c. 2090 BC.
Arrapkha became a part of the Old Assyrian Empire
(c.2025–1750 BC), before Hammurabi
briefly subjected Assyria to the short-lived Babylonian Empire
, after which it again became a part of Assyria
However, by the middle of the 2nd millennium B.C. the Indo-Aryan Mittani
formed a ruling class over the language isolate
, and began to expand into a Hurri
Empire. In the 1450s they attacked Assyria, sacking Assur
, and bringing the cities of Gasur
and Arrapkha under their control.
From c.1450 to 1393 BC the kings of Assyria paid tribute to the kingdom of Mittani.
The Middle Assyrian Empire
(1365–1020 BC) overthrew the Hurri-Mitanni in the mid 14th century BC and Arrapha once more became incorporated into Assyria
proper. In the 11th and 10th centuries BC the city rose to prominence, becoming an important city in Assyria until the fall of the Neo-Assyrian Empire
The Hurri-Mitanni domination of Assyria was broken in the 1390s BC, and Arrapkha once more became an integral part of Assyria with the Middle Assyrian Empire
(1365–1020 BC) which saw the Hurrian population driven from the region. It remained as such throughout the Neo-Assyrian Empire
(911–605 BC) where it became an important Assyrian city.
Later it became part of the Macedonian Empire
(332–312 BC) and succeeding Seleucid Empire
(311–150 BC) before falling to the Parthian Empire
(150 BC-224 AD) as a part of Athura. The Parthians seemed to only exercise loose control, and a number of small Neo-Assyrian
kingdoms sprang up in the region between the 2nd century BC and 4th century AD, one such kingdom named "ܒܝܬܓܪܡܝ", (that is Bit Garmai in Syriac
) had Arrapha as its capital.
Christianity also arose during this period, with Arrapha and its surrounds being influenced by the Assyrian Church of the East
. The Sassanid Empire
destroyed these kingdoms during 3rd and early 4th centuries AD, and Arrapha was incorporated into Sassanid ruled Assuristan
After the Islamic Conquests
At the end of World War I, the British occupied Kirkuk on 7 May 1918. Abandoning the city after about two weeks, the British returned to Kirkuk a few months later after the Armistice of Mudros
. Kirkuk avoided the troubles caused by the Kurdish nationalist Mahmud Barzanji
, who quickly attempted to overthrow the British Mandate in Iraq and establish his own fiefdom in Sulaymaniyah
A photograph of Ben Zion Israeli in Kirkuk Iraq, 1933
Entry into the Kingdom of Iraq
As both Turkey and Great Britain desperately wanted control of the Vilayet of Mosul
(of which Kirkuk was a part), the Treaty of Lausanne
in 1923 failed to solve the issue. For this reason, the question of Mosul
was sent to the League of Nations
. A committee travelled to the area before coming to a final decision: the territory south of the "Brussels line" belonged to Iraq. By the Treaty of Angora of 1926, Kirkuk became a part of the Kingdom of Iraq
Discovery of oil
In 1927, Iraqi and American
drillers working for the foreign-owned and British-led Iraq Petroleum Company
(IPC) struck a huge oil gusher
at Baba Gurgur
("St. Blaze" or father blaze in Kurdish) near Kirkuk. The IPC began exports from the Kirkuk oil field in 1934. The Company moved its headquarters from Tuz Khormatu to a camp on the outskirts of Kirkuk, which they named Arrapha after the ancient city. Arrapha remains a large neighborhood in Kirkuk to this day. The IPC exercised significant political power in the city and played a central role in Kirkuk's urbanization, initiating housing and development projects in collaboration with Iraqi authorities in the 1940s and 1950s.
The presence of the oil industry had an effect on Kirkuk's demographics. The exploitation of Kirkuk's oil, which began around 1930, attracted both Arabs and Kurds to the city in search of work. Kirkuk, which had been a predominantly Iraqi Turkmen city, gradually lost its uniquely Turkmen character.
At the same time, large numbers of Kurds from the mountains were settling in the uninhabited but cultivable rural parts of the district of Kirkuk. The influx of Kurds into Kirkuk continued through the 1960s.
According to the 1957 census, Kirkuk city was 37.63% Iraqi Turkmen
, 33.26% Kurdish
making up less than 23% of its population.
Some analysts believe that poor reservoir
-management practices during the Saddam Hussein
years may have seriously, and even permanently, damaged Kirkuk's oil field. One example showed an estimated 1,500,000,000 barrels (240,000,000 m3
) of excess fuel oil being reinjected. Other problems include refinery residue and gas-stripped oil
. Fuel oil reinjection has increased oil viscosity
at Kirkuk making it more difficult and expensive to get the oil out of the ground.
Over all, between April 2003 and late December 2004 there were an estimated 123 attacks on Iraqi energy infrastructures, including the country's 7,000 km-long pipeline
system. In response to these attacks, which cost Iraq
billions of US dollars in lost oil-export revenues and repair costs, the US military set up the Task Force Shield
to guard Iraq's energy infrastructure and the Kirkuk-Ceyhan Oil Pipeline
in particular. In spite of the fact that little damage was done to Iraq's oil fields during the war itself, looting
after the war ended was highly destructive and accounted for perhaps eighty percent of the total damage.
The discovery of vast quantities of oil in the region after World War I
provided the impetus for the annexation of the former Ottoman
Vilayet of Mosul (of which the Kirkuk region was a part), to the Iraqi Kingdom, established in 1921. Since then and particularly from 1963 onwards, there have been continuous attempts to transform the ethnic make-up of the region.
Pipelines from Kirkuk run through Turkey
on the Mediterranean Sea
and were one of the two main routes for the export of Iraqi oil under the Oil-for-Food Programme
following the Gulf War
of 1991. This was in accordance with a United Nations mandate that at least 50% of the oil exports pass through Turkey. There were two parallel lines built in 1977 and 1987.
Kurdish autonomy and Arabization
In 1970 the Iraqi government reached an agreement with Kurdish leader Mustafa Barzani
called the March Agreement of 1970
, but the question of whether the oil-rich province of Kirkuk would be included within the Kurdish autonomous region remained unresolved, pending a new census.
Despite the signing of the March Agreement, relations between the Kurds and Iraqi government continued to deteriorate due to the unresolved status of Kirkuk, and there were two attempts to assassinate Barzani in 1972. In response to Barzani's continued demands during the early 1970s for Kirkuk to be recognized as part of the autonomous region under the terms of the March Agreement, settlement construction for newly arrived Arab families increased drastically as the Ba'athist government implemented Arabization policies
to increase the Arab population of Kirkuk. Kurds were forbidden from buying property in Kirkuk, and could sell their properties only to Arabs. They were denied permission to renovate properties in need of maintenance, and poor Shi'a Arab families were paid to move to Kirkuk, while Kurds were paid to move out.
Negotiations between Barzani's Kurdish Democratic Party
and the Iraqi government collapsed in March 1974 and Barzani rejected President Ahmed Hassan al-Bakr
declaration of Kurdish autonomy. Many disputes persisted between the Kurds and Arabs and the conflict escalated into the Second Iraqi–Kurdish War
(also called the Barzani rebellion). The rebellion collapsed after Iran withdrew its support for Barzani's forces following the 1975 Algiers Agreement
and the Ba'ath regime intensified Arabization efforts.
After Barzani's rebellion was defeated in 1974, the districts of Chemchemal
, which had been part of Kirkuk, became part of Sulaymaniyah
became part of Diyala province
. Other Arab-populated districts, like Zab
, became part of Kirkuk.
Kurds, Turkmen and Christian populations were forcibly relocated and replaced with Shi'a from Iraq's south. The expulsions continued after the 1991 uprisings
. Kurdish villages were razed and thousands of new homes were built, including at least 200 homes for relatives of Iraqi soldiers killed during the Iran-Iraq War
Between 1968, when the Ba'ath Party first rose to power in Iraq, and 2003 between 200,000 and 300,000 persons were forcibly relocated out of Kirkuk.
According to the Iraqi Ministry of Planning, by August 2005 (during the Iraq War), approximately 224,544 Kurds had returned to Kirkuk and 52,973 Arab persons had left the city.
Nationalization of Iraqi Petroleum Company
In 1972 the Iraqi government, led by then Vice-President Saddam Hussein, nationalized the Iraqi Petroleum Company
(IPC), after being unable to reach an agreement that would increase oil exports and resolve a longstanding dispute over Law 80 of 1961
. The Iraqi government began to sell its oil to Eastern bloc
countries and the IPC's French partner CFP. After reaching an agreement with the Iraqis in 1973, the IPC members were able to retain some of their interests in southern Iraq through the Basra Petroleum Company
but had lost Iraq's main oilfields, including the Kirkuk field.
The First Gulf War
In 1991, Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait
and was quickly routed by the United States in the First Gulf War
(also called Operation Desert Storm
). In the aftermath of the Iraqi army's defeat, rebellions broke out in Iraq; first in southern Iraq on March 1, and in the northern Kurdish region a few days later. By March 24, Kurdish Peshmerga
forces had seized control
of Kirkuk, but they were only able to hold it until March 28 when it was reclaimed by Hussein's forces.
The US and UK began to enforce a no-fly zone
in Northern Iraq and a de facto
Kurdish Autonomous region emerged in the North. Arabs families were expelled from the Kurdish region and relocated to Kirkuk, which was still controlled by the Iraqi government. In these circumstances, Hussein's government further intensified the decades long policy of Arabization in Kirkuk, requiring that Kurds, Turkmen and Assyrians fill out "ethnic identity correction" forms and register as Arabs and many who refused to comply were forcibly relocated north of the Green Line.
In May 1991, Massoud Barzani
announced that Baghdad
had conceded Kirkuk as the capital of the autonomous region, but when the Iraqi government demanded the Kurds join the Ba'athist government the dispute once again escalated to violent conflict and in October 1991 Iraqi forces had withdrawn from several Kurdish provinces in the North including Erbil
Iraq War (2003–2011) and return of displaced Kurds
Iraqi Personnel Graduate From Kirkuk
American and British military forces led an invasion of Iraq
in March 2003, marking the start the Second Iraq War
. Kurdish peshmerga
fighters assisted in the 2003 capture of Kirkuk. Though the peshmerga
were allowed to operate even after the Coalition Provisional Authority
(CPA) disbanded and outlawed most of the armed militias in Iraq, the peshmerga
were eventually asked to withdraw from Kirkuk and other Kurdish held provinces.
Under the supervision of chief executive of Coalition Provisional Authority L. Paul Bremer
, a convention was held on 24 May 2003 to select the first City Council in the history of this oil-rich, ethnically divided city. Each of the city's four major ethnic groups
was invited to send a 39-member delegation
from which they would be allowed to select six to sit on the City Council. Another six council members were selected from among 144 delegates to represent independents social groups such as teachers, lawyers, religious leaders and artists.
Kirkuk's 30 members council is made up of five blocs of six members each. Four of those blocs are formed along ethnic lines—Kurds
—and the fifth is made up of independents
which meant 10 more council seats given to two main Kurdish Parties by Paul Bremer as token of appreciation for cooperation with American Forces. Turkmen and Arabs complained that the Kurds
allegedly hold five of the seats in the independent block. They were also infuriated that their only representative at the council's helm was an assistant mayor whom they considered pro-Kurdish. Abdul Rahman Mustafa
: عبدالرحمن مصطفى
), a Baghdad
-educated lawyer was elected mayor by 20 votes
to 10. The appointment of an Arab, Ismail Ahmed Rajab Al Hadidi
: اسماعيل احمد رجب الحديدي
), as deputy mayor went some way towards addressing Arab concerns.
On 30 June 2005, through a secret direct voting process, with the participation of the widest communities in the province and despite all the political legal security complexities of this process in the country generally and in Kirkuk in particular, Kirkuk witnessed the birth of its first elected Provincial Council. The Independent Electoral Commission of Iraq IECI approved the elections and announced the outcome of this process, which filled the 41 seats of Kirkuk Provincial Council
- 26 seats 367 List Kirkuk Brotherhood List KBL
- 8 seats 175 List Iraqi Turkmen Front ITF
- 5 seats 299 List Iraqi Republic Gathering
- 1 seats 178 List Turkmen Islamic Coalition
- 1 seats 289 List Iraqi National Gathering
The new Kirkuk Provincial Council
started its second turn on 6 March 2005. Its inaugural session was dedicated to the introduction of its new members, followed by an oath ceremony supervised by Judge Thahir Hamza Salman, the Head of Kirkuk Appellate Court.
The Kurds sought to annex the long disputed territory to the Kurdistan Regional Government
(KRG) through Article 140 of the Iraqi Constitution
that was enacted in 2005.
Under Article 140 the Ba'athist Arabization policy would be reversed: Displaced Kurds who had relocated to areas in the Kurdish autonomous region would return to Kirkuk, while the Arab Shi'a population would be compensated and relocated to areas in the south. After the Ba'athist regimes demographic and redistricting policies were undone a census and referendum would determine whether Kirkuk would be administered by the KRG or Baghdad.
Violence after US withdrawal
Three churches in Kirkuk were targeted with bombs in August 2011.
On 12 July 2013, Kirkuk was hit by a deadly bomb, killing 38 people in an attack on a café. A few days prior, on 11 July 2013, over 40 people were killed in a series of bombings and shootings across Iraq, including in Kirkuk.
Kurdish control (2014–2017)
On 21 October 2016, the Islamic State launched multiple attacks
in Kirkuk to divert Iraqi military resources during the Battle of Mosul
. Witnesses reported multiple explosions and gun battles in the city, most centered on a government compound. At least 11 workers, including several Iranians, were killed by a suicide bomber at a power plant in nearby Dibis.
The attack was brought to an end by 24 October, with 74 militants being killed and others (including the leader) being arrested.
Kurdification and human rights abuses
Under Kurdish control, Turkmen and Arab residents in Kirkuk experienced intimidation, harassment and were forced to leave their homes, in order to increase the Kurdish demographic in Kirkuk and bolster their claims to the city. Multiple Human Rights Watch
reports detail the confiscation of Turkmen and Arab families' documents, preventing them from voting, buying property and travelling. Turkmen residents of Kirkuk were detained by Kurdish forces and compelled to leave the city. Kurdish authorities expelled hundreds of Arab families from the city, demolishing their homes in the process.
reports since 2006 have documented that Kurdish authorities and Peshmerga militia forces were illegally policing Kirkuk and other disputed areas, and that these militia have abducted Turkmen and Arabs, subjecting them to torture.
On 16 October 2017, the Iraqi national army and PMF
militia retook control
of Kirkuk as the Peshmerga retreated from the city.
The city had been under Kurdish Peshmerga
control since 2014.
Kirkuk has been a disputed territory for around eighty years. The KRG wants Kirkuk to become part of the Kurdistan Region
, which is opposed by the region's Arab and Turkmen populations.
The most reliable census concerning the ethnic composition of Kirkuk dates back to 1957. Whilst the Turkish-speaking Iraqi Turkmen
formed the majority in the city of Kirkuk, the Kurds were the largest group in the Kirkuk Governorate
. The provincial borders were later altered, the province was renamed al-Ta'mim, and some Kurdish-majority districts were added to Erbil and Sulamaniya provinces.
A report by the International Crisis Group
points out that figures from the 1977 and 1997 censuses "are all considered highly problematic, due to suspicions of regime manipulation" because Iraqi citizens were only allowed to indicate belonging to either the Arab or Kurdish ethnic groups;
consequently, this skewed the number of other ethnic minorities.
Many Iraqi Turkmen
declared themselves as Arabs (because the Kurds were not desirable under Saddam Hussein
's regime), reflecting the changes wrought by Arabisation
Ethnic groups in Kirkuk and its environs in 2014, at the time of the capture of the area by Kurdish forces.
After attacks by ISIS, Kurdish authorities who were suspicious of the Arab refugees in Kirkuk, expelled hundreds of Arab families who had fled to the region during Iraq's war against ISIS. The refugees were sent to camps for the displaced or to their places of origin. Some of the displaced described themselves as locals and not as internally displaced.
The Seleucid town, like many other Upper Mesopotamian
cities had a significant indigenousAssyrian
population. Christianity was established among them in the 2nd century by the bishop Tuqrītā (Theocritos).
During the Sasanian times the town became an important centre of the Assyrian Church of the East
, with several of its bishops rising to the rank of Patriarch. Tensions among Christians and Zoroastrians led to a severe persecution of Christians during the reign of Shapur II
(309–379 A.D.) as recorded in the Acts of the Persian Martyrs. Persecution resumed under Yazdegerd II
in 445 A.D. who massacred thousands of them. Their situation greatly improved under the Sasanians in the following two centuries after the advent of a national Persian church of free of Byzantine
influence, namely Nestorianism
During the Sasanian times the town became an important centre of the Church of the East
, with several of its bishops rising to the rank of Patriarch. Tensions among Christians and Zoroastrians led to a severe persecution of Christians during the reign of Shapur II
(309-79 A.D.) as recorded in the Acts of the Persian Martyrs. Their situation greatly improved under the Sasanians in the following two centuries.
During the Sasanian times the town became an important centre of the Church of the East
, with several of its bishops rising to the rank of Patriarch. Persecution resumed under Yazdegerd II
in 445 A.D. who massacred thousands of them. Tradition puts the death toll at 12,000 among them the patriarch Shemon Bar Sabbae
The city was known as the centre of the prosperous Ecclesiastical Province of Beth Garmai
which lingered until the conquests of Timur Leng
in 1400 A.D. During the Ottoman period most of Kirkuk's Christians followed the Chaldean Catholic Church
whose bishop resided in the Cathedral of the Great Martyrion which dates back to the 5th century. The cathedral was however used as a powder storage and was blown up as the Ottomans retreated in 1918.
The discovery of oil brought more Christians to Kirkuk, however they were also affected by the Arabization policy of the Baath Party.
Their numbers continued to plummet after the American invasion,
and they occupy 4% of municipal offices, a percentage thought to be representative of their numbers in the city.
They number around 2,000.
Jews had a long history in Kirkuk. Ottoman records show that in 1560 there were 104 Jewish homes in Kirkuk,
and in 1896 there were 760 Jews in the city.
After World War I, the Jewish population increased, especially after Kirkuk became a petroleum center; in 1947 there were 2,350 counted in the census. Jews were generally engaged in commerce and handicraft. Social progress was slow, and it was only in the 1940s that some Jewish students acquired secondary academic education. By 1951 almost all of the Jews had left for Israel.
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have a long history in Kirkuk before the Baban
family. The Baban
family was a Kurdish family that, in the 18th and 19th centuries, dominated the political life of the province of Sharazor
, in present-day Iraqi Kurdistan. The first member of the clan to gain control of the province and its capital, Kirkuk, was Sulayman Beg. Enjoying almost full autonomy, the Baban family established Kirkuk as their capital. It was from this time that Kurds in Iraq began to view Kirkuk as their capital. This persisted even after the Babans moved their administration to the new town of Sulaymaniya, named after the dynasty's founder, in the late 18th century.
Kirkuk of Baban. Once from 1649 - 1784 Kirkuk was the capital of the principality.
view the city as their capital, with the last reliable census showing the city of Kirkuk had a Turkmen majority.
are descendants of numerous Turkic migration waves. The earliest arrivals date back to the Umayyads
eras, when they arrived as military recruits.
Considerable Turcoman settlement continued during the Seljuq
era when Toghrul
entered Iraq in 1055 with his army composed mostly of Oghuz Turks
. Kirkuk remained under the control of the Seljuq
Empire for 63 years. However, the largest Turkic migration waves occurred during the four centuries of Ottoman
rule (1535–1919) when Turkish migrants from Anatolia
were encouraged to settle in the region;
indeed, it is largely from this period that modern Turkmens claim association with Anatolia
and the modern Turkish state
In particular, following the conquest of Iraq by the Ottoman sultan Suleiman the Magnificent
in 1535, Kirkuk came firmly under Ottoman control and was referred to “Gökyurt” (Blue Homeland) in the Ottoman records, "perhaps indicating that Kirkuk was identified as a particularly Turkic town by that time."
Under the Ottomans, Turkish migrations from Anatolia
to Kirkuk occurred throughout the centuries; firstly during the initial conquest of 1535, followed by the arrival of Turkish families with the army of sultan Murad IV
in 1638, whilst others came later with other notable Ottoman figures.
These families occupied the highest socioeconomic strata and held the most important bureaucratic jobs until the end of Ottoman rule.
During this period, the Turcoman were the predominant population of Kirkuk city and its close environs but Kurds constituted the majority of the rural population of Kirkuk.
Kirkuk had a population near 30,000 in the late 1910s, Turkmens
were majority in the city center, dominating the political and economic life of the area.
Currently Iraqi Turkmen politicians hold just over 20 percent of seats on Kirkuk's city council, while Turkmen leaders say they make up nearly a third of the city.
Ancient architectural monuments of Kirkuk include:
The archaeological sites of Qal'at Jarmo
and Yorgan Tepe
are found at the outskirts of the modern city. In 1997, there were reports that the government of Saddam Hussein
"demolished Kirkuk's historic citadel with its mosques and ancient church".
The architectural heritage of Kirkuk sustained serious damage during World War I
(when some pre-Muslim Assyrian Christian monuments were destroyed) and, more recently, during the Iraq War
. Simon Jenkins
reported in June 2007 that "eighteen ancient shrines have been lost, ten in Kirkuk and the south in the past month alone".
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Published in the 19th century
- Edward Balfour, ed. (1871). "Kirkook". Cyclopaedia of India and of Eastern and Southern Asia (2nd ed.). Madras.
- Charles Wilson, ed. (1895), "Kirkuk", Handbook for Travellers in Asia Minor, Transcaucasia, Persia, etc., London: John Murray, ISBN 9780524062142, OCLC 8979039
Published in the 20th century
- "Kerkuk", Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.), New York: Encyclopædia Britannica Co., 1910, OCLC 14782424
- "Kerkuk", Palestine and Syria (5th ed.), Leipzig: Karl Baedeker, 1912
Published in the 21st century
Michael R.T. Dumper; Bruce E. Stanley, eds. (2008), "Kirkuk", Cities of the Middle East and North Africa
, Santa Barbara, USA: ABC-CLIO
, ISBN 978-1576079195
Wikimedia Commons has media related to Kirkuk
- Iraq Image – Kirkuk Satellite Observation
- Human Rights Watch Report: Kurdish Autonomy and Arabization, 1993
- Human Rights Developments in Government-controlled Iraq, 2001
- IRAQ: PEOPLE COME FIRST, 2003
- International Humanitarian Law Issues In A Potential War In Iraq, 2003
- Amnesty International Report: Decades of human rights abuse in Iraq, 2003
- Reversing Arabization of Kirkuk, 2004
- Iraq: In Kurdistan, Land Disputes Fuel Unrest, 2004
- German-kurdish homepage for politics and culture
- Insurgents stir up strife in Kirkuk
- Kurds flee Iraqi town, 15 March 2003; named Kurds' preferred capital
- Key Targets in Iraq, Anthony H. Cordesman, CSIS, February 1998; information about the oil resources and facilities
- Brief Summary of Kirkuk History
- Kirkuk in Old Ages
- Numerous research about Kirkuk[permanent dead link]
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