Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region is prepared to commit all of its forces to defend Kirkuk, its president said Thursday during a visit to the disputed city.

If required, “we will bring all of our forces to preserve Kirkuk,” Barzani said during a meeting there.

It was Barzani’s first visit to Kirkuk since Iraqi forces withdrew in the face of a major offensive by Sunni Muslim jihadists, allowing Kurdish forces already there to take control. […]