ISIS attacks villages south of Kirkuk as Iraqi and Kurdish forces are distracted fighting each other

Iraqi children stomp on Kurdish flag

Islamic Stateof Iraq and the Levant (Isil) jihadists attacked villages south of the city of Kirkuk yesterday, exploiting the growing crisis between Iraqi and Kurdish forces in the area.

Three villages near the town of Daquq were briefly captured by Isil in a nighttime assault on Wednesday.

The region had until recently been controlled by Kurdish Peshmerga fighters, but they were driven out earlier this week by Iraqi forces looking to claim zones disputed with the Kurds after they voted last month to secede.