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Baghdad -- U.S.-backed Iraqi security forces on Sunday began a ... Tal Afar has been a stronghold for extremists in Iraq since the 2003 U.S.-led ... that once territory is liberated from ISIS, Iraqi Kurdish or Shiite forces may ...
The report by the Henry Jackson Society suggests that British volunteers who travel to Syria to join the Kurdish people's Protection Units (YPG) ...
Kurdish secession could go as smoothly as a Scottish secession from the ... While Turkey is no longer likely to invade Iraqi Kurdistan on general ... Rather than terrorists, Iraq's Kurds are America's only reliable allies in the ...
Israel has a longstanding relationship with the Kurds, who remains one of ... Iraq's disintegration," Larijani accused during a meeting with Iraqi ...
The U.S. government's track record of distinguishing allies from enemies in the Middle East leaves much to be desired. Today's ally is often ...
An Iraqi man prints a flag of Kurdistan in northern Iraq in June. Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region will hold a referendum on statehood in ...
A Kurdish official has denied remarks conveyed by an Israeli MK claiming that Kurdish officials visited Israel and asked for their help in seeking ...
Mosul, Iraq - Three Kurds lighting a Newroz fire were among 39 civilians killed by ISIS in western Mosul this week, a Kurdish party official told Rudaw on Saturday. The Kurds were killed on the first day of Newroz holiday by ISIS, said Sahed Mamuzini ...
Coalition officials told Foreign Policy that the interim zones referred to territory recaptured from the Islamic State across vast swaths of Iraq and Syria that would be held by a yet-to-be determined mix of Turkish, Kurdish and Western forces ...
From Left to Right: Pictured: Bakhsheen Taha Solaee, Biza Barzo and Sazan M. Mandalawi. Source: Rudaw. Families across Iraqi Kurdistan gather for Newroz ...
No other Mideast community (except Israel) has a closer relationship with the United States than the Iraqi Kurds, who have played a critical role in confronting ...
The Kurdish Washington-based analyst said this could become a cause for the PMU to pick up, after ISIS is defeated. "I think the disputed territories remain a fault line between the Iraqi and Kurdish governments, and fending off Kurdish control in ...
Banan Hussein Kamel, whose mother is the daughter of the former Iraqi president, presented her own collection of dresses at the festival.
(Reuters) Turkish shelling of Syrian villages in the predominantly Kurdish region of Afrin near the border wounded 10 civilians on Wednesday, the Kurdish YPG militia said. "This morning from 8 a.m. (0600 GMT) the Turkish artillery began shelling the ...
In Iraq, U.S. forces are helping Iraqi and Kurdish soldiers in their months-long battle to drive ISIS out of western Mosul.
Initially seen as a likely one-off skirmish, the fighting between Kurdish peshmerga auxiliaries and forces loyal to the PKK is continuing to pick of pace, with the growing skirmishes meaning a resumption of the sort of violence that the local Yazidi ...
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region - The United Nations mission in Iraq (UNAMI) said it is "concerned" by the raising of the Kurdistan flag in Kirkuk.
Kurds across the world were celebrating Newroz, the first day of their traditional calendar, on Tuesday. Festivities in Iraq's Kurdish region began the previous evening, marking the start of a public holiday that allows families to come together and ...
Iraqi and Kurdish fighters being trained by UK forces will "absolutely" beat Islamic State, a high ranking British Army officer has said.
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region - The decision to hoist the Kurdish flag at official places in Kirkuk province will have a destabilizing impact on the political process in Iraq and harm reconciliation efforts in the country, says the spokesperson of the ...
A Blackpool medic has told how she is helping train Iraqi and Kurdish forces in the battle to defeat Islamic State. Lance Corporal ... "It is our job to train the Iraqis and the Kurds so that they are able to do their job in Mosul - and it appears to ...
The Turkish authorities on Sunday expressed concerns about the raising of Kurdish flag next to the Iraqi flag on official buildings in Kirkuk city, in northern Iraq. "The Kirkuk Governorate's request from the Kirkuk Provincial Council for a motion to ...
Turkmen political parties and groups in the Iraqi Kurdish regional government (KRG) declared Sunday that they want the terrorist PKK out of Sinjar...
Halabja, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan24) - Iranian-backed Hashd al-Shaabi forces have enlisted hundreds of Kurdish people in Halabja for missions in the ...
In Iraq, UK and coalition support for local forces has liberated Ramadi (February 2016), Rutbah (May 2016), Haditha, Sharqat, Hit (April 2016) and Fallujah (June 2016), Qayyarah (August 2016) and eastern Mosul (January 2017).
Islamic State kidnapped thousands of Yazidi women and children in August 2014 when it attacked their homes and villages in northwestern Iraq near the Syrian border. Iraqi Kurdish forces backed by U.S. airstrikes have since recaptured some of that ...
Beirut, Lebanon (8:24 A.M.) - The Human Rights Watch (HRW) in a statement to ARA News called on both the Kurdish PYD-led and KDP-led administrations ...
If the United States helps or allows Turkey to attack the Kurds at Tel Abyad, it will have no Kurdish allies to attack Raqqa or any other part of ISIS territory.
Whether the Kurds attempt to claim independence one year or 10 years from now, once the Iraqi military concludes its campaign against the Islamic State in Mosul and its surrounding territory, it will seek to reacquire territories disputed between ...
He also criticized the central government of Iraq for failing to provide any help to rescue the Yezidi abductees. Thousands of Yazidi Kurds fled Sanjar, a Mosul region on the borders with Syria, to nearby mountain areas following its fall to Islamic ...
The Investigative Project on terrorism, or IPT, claimed that the Kurdish regional government (KRG) was actively preventing Yazidis and Christians who fled to into Iraqi Kurdistan from returning home in a Feb. 14 report. It immediately drew backlash ...
FILE - Bullets lie next to a gun at a Sinjar Resistance Units (YBS) check point, a militia affiliated with the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), in the village of Umm al-Dhiban, northern Iraq, April 30, 2016. Fears are growing the mountainous region is ...
The ENKS is a Syrian Kurdish political organization established in 2011, under the sponsorship of the regional government of Iraqi Kurdistan. The so-called Rojava peshmerga group is a paramilitary wing of the ENKS. The group, reportedly of 6,000 ...
"The security of all of Iraq has vital importance for Turkey. Having a border with Turkey, ... Turkey has been criticized by Kurdish officials for not providing support to the Iraqi Kurds, when ISIS attacked the Kurdistan Region in August 2014. This ...
"The formal ceremony to mark the contribution of British service personnel and others in Iraq and Afghanistan was an opportunity for me as the representative in this country of the Kurds in Iraq to add the profound thanks of the people of Kurdistan ...
U.S.-backed Syrian Kurds and NATO ally Turkey have both played a role in the U.S.-led coalition to defeat ISIS. But the Kurds and Turkey have been clashing recently, as Turkey views Syrian Kurds as aligned with the PKK, a Kurdish separatist group in ...
Just four hours away from Suli, the battle to liberate Iraq's second-largest city, Mosul, from the jihadis, is entering its final stage.
But strained relations between Erbil and Baghdad since last elections in 2014, have made the prospect of such an alliance increasingly bleak as the main Kurdish faction, the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), has sought to boycott the Iraqi elections ...
An agreement between the central government in Baghdad and a Kurdish party, which had recently disrupted oil flow from the northern Iraqi region of Kirkuk to Turkey, has enabled the resumption of the process. Kosrat Rasul, head of the Patriotic Union ...
Nor was it the first time that the KRG flag had been displayed officially in Turkey: indeed, it was first placed next to the flags of Iraq and Turkey during a meeting in Ankara in 2015. But it was the first time it was flown in public alongside the ...
Beirut, Lebanon (09:07 A.M.) - Ahmed al-Saadi, he spokesperson of Iraq's Shia-majority Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), on Wednesday ruled out a future war between the Kurds and the PMU. A spokesman of the predominately Shi'ite Popular ...
OTTAWA - Canada is being asked to upgrade its diplomatic footprint in northern Iraq, as the Kurdish government presses for closer economic and political ties to accompany Canada's sizable military presence.
Kurdish official Kosrat Rasul says the pipeline deal was reached on Tuesday between his group, the Patriotic Union Of Kurdistan (PUK), and Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. The pipeline carries 150,000 barrels a day of Kirkuk crude for export to ...
Many Kurdish organizations in Iran, Iraq and Turkey use the flag. For many years, the flag was a primary source of friction between Iraqi Kurds and Turkey, which strongly opposed the flags flown in Iraq in the 1990s. Vehicles that carried KRG flag ...
OTTAWA -- Canada is being asked to upgrade its diplomatic footprint in northern Iraq, as the Kurdish government presses for closer economic and political ties to accompany Canada's sizable military presence.
The partial disintegration of the Iraqi state since the rise of Islamic State in 2014, which saw Iraq lose around a third of its territory to IS forces, has both pressured the Kurds while heightening their de facto independence from Baghdad. Related ...
Erbil, Iraq -- The threat of political chaos looms over the imminent defeat of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in Mosul, fuelling fear of a dramatically different -- and deadly -- use for Canada's military support for Kurdish peshmerga forces ...


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