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BAGHDAD, Iraq - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi called on PKK fighters to lay down their arms, saying the Iraqi constitution does not allow any group ... The Turkish military has advanced into dozens of Kurdish border villages in recent weeks, with local authorities saying they have violated ...
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region - A high-level Kurdish delegation headed by Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani and his deputy Qubad Talabani will visit ... after the Iraqi-opposed Kurdish vote last fall and the Iraqi military incursion into the then KRG-held disputed areas such as the oil-rich city of Kirkuk in October. Baghdad

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region - The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) is worried they, and all Kurdish parties, may lose votes in the next election because populations remain ... Hundreds of Kurdish families fled Tuz Khurmatu last fall fearing ethnically-motivated violence when the town came under Iraqi control.
Evidence that Kurds haven't been able to get past these events is that the main five parties in Kurdistan haven't even had the will to hold a joint meeting after half of the Kurdish territory was reinvaded six months ago and Turkey is currently threatening the other half. This is despite new developments ... Kirkuk
When asked what was the reason for three women to leave the city and shift to the area of distant mountains, Fatma, one of the daughters, said: "Initially we wanted to resume our farming activities in Akre. We wanted to keep cows, sheep and other livestock. However, the local authorities didn't let us do that. Kurdish

Iraqi Kurdish politics reached a critical point in September 2017, when the Kurdish region held a long-awaited independence referendum. ... Parliament Speaker Yousif Mohammed, a member of the main rival opposition party Gorran, was prevented from entering Iraqi Kurdistan's capital city, Erbil; ... Kurdistan
A Kurd from the disputed oil-producing city of Kirkuk, Mr Wirya was a teenager in 2003 and recalls watching the US invasion on staticky television from illegal satellite channels. "After the war the famous expression was that 'the gates of Kirkuk will be made of gold'." Instead, he found himself growing up in ... Iraqi Kurdish
Turkey has firmly grasped the initiative in its conflict against Kurdish forces linked to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), and statements from Ankara indicate a firm resolve to extend military operations from the northwest Syrian area of Afrin to locations in northern Syria and Iraq. Last week's ... Iraqi Kurdistan Arab
Kurds are now seeking to pressure the Iraqi central government from the top of the Shiite religious pyramid, asking Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani to help solve the ... The crisis between Iraq's central government in Baghdad and the Kurdish headquarters in Erbil appears to have laid waste to all other internal and ... Iraqi Kurdistan Arab
Fighters loyal to the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) have attempted to relive their self-proclaimed caliphate by taking advantage of fleeing U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish forces to storm the Iraqi border, according to local reports. A group of ISIS fighters active in one of the group's last remaining bastions in ... Iraqi Kurdistan Arab
Improved relations between Iraq and Turkey have raised the possibility of a joint offensive against Kurdish militants in northern Iraq. ... tense until the decision by Massoud Barzani, former president of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), to hold an independence referendum for Iraqi Kurdistan. Iraqi Kurdistan Arab
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan 24) – The Iraqi Parliament's Security and Defense committee warned that the Islamic State (IS) is preparing to launch a major offensive on the city of Samarra in Salahaddin Province, home to a number of Shia holy sites in northern Baghdad. The warning came shortly after the ... Iraqi Kurdistan Arab
In January the Iraqi government said it would investigate the violence in Tuz Khurmatu, but it's unclear what, if anything, will come of that. Iraq's conventional army is overstretched and, according to Mardini of the Atlantic Council, there is little hope that Baghdad can "demonstrate enough control over armed ... Iraqi Kurdistan Arab
On a recent visit to the predominantly Arab city of Manbij, outside Rojava, strains between the Kurdish leadership and the Arab populace were clearly visible, despite official efforts to deny the problem. But there were also signs of acceptance. An Arab schoolteacher said most Arabs in the town were ... Iraqi Kurdistan Arab
According to Foreign Minister, Iraq Considering Purchase of Russian Defense System – Following a meeting of the Iraqi-Russian Intergovernmental ... tensions between the federal government and the Kurdistan Regional Government following the September 2017 referendum on Kurdish independence. Iraqi Kurdistan Arab

So journalists enter the Kurdish-controlled region of Syria right up in the far north-east, at a border crossing from Iraq. That's how I did it in 2015, as IS was being bombed out of that north-east pocket. We got to the border by flying into the Iraqi city of Erbil, which is controlled by a Kurdish group that's a rival to ... Iraqi Kurdistan Arab
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – The Kurdish delegation that visited the holy Shiite city of Najaf hopes historic ties between Kurds and Shiites can be strengthened. They met with senior Shiite clerics on Thursday for dialogue about good governance and resolving deep-rooted issues between Iraq's communities. Iraqi Kurdistan Arab
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan24) - Thousands of people traveled on Thursday to the town of Barzan to honor Kurdish revolutionary leader Mustafa ... led an armed struggle known as the Aylul Revolution against Iraqi forces that resulted in the March 11 Agreement in 1970, between Iraq and Kurdish representatives. Iraqi Kurdistan Arab
On December 18, civil servants and throngs of their supporters protested in at least nine cities and towns in the Sulaymaniyah area over unpaid wages for civil servants. For the last three years, the KRG has paid civil servants only partial salaries every few months instead of full salaries every month, said a ... Iraqi Kurdistan Arab
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — A delegation of Kurdish parties from the Kurdistan Region are set to visit the Iraqi city of Najaf on Thursday to participate in a ... According to Pira, instead of a sectarian approach to the military, government and politics in Iraq, a broad state that is representative of its components ... Iraqi Kurdistan Arab
Iraqi Kurdistan could become a great travel destination — "if people would only stop confusing it with the Iraq they see in the news," said Tim Neville at The ... Outside the city of Dohuk, I walked the battlefield where in 331 B.C. Alexander the Great routed the forces of Persian King Darius III, a victory that ... Iraqi Kurdistan Arab
Despite the efforts by the leadership of Iraqi Kurdistan to maintain peaceful relations with the government of Iraq, Iraq continues to punish the Kurds for ... offensive against troops from the Kurdish Peshmerga stationed in Iraqi Kurdistan, seizing control of the oil-rich city of Kirkuk and other disputed areas. Iraqi Kurdistan Arab
... that Turkish troops and allied Syrian opposition forces had entered the town of Jinderes, in the enclave's southwest, where they were engaged in street clashes with Syrian Kurdish forces. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that a siege of Afrin's main city would begin after Jinderes is taken. Iraqi Kurdistan Arab
The targeting of a veteran KDPI peshmerga forces commander on the outskirts of the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan marks a dangerous escalation in the decadeslong enmity between Iranian Kurdish militants and the Islamic Republic. Iran sees the KDPI and other armed Kurdish groups as existential threats and ... Iraqi Kurdistan Arab
BAGHDAD: Iraq has extended by three months a ban on international flights to the autonomous Kurdish region, a senior official at Erbil airport in the capital of Iraqi ... Baghdad imposed the air blockade in September -- and until February 28 -- after Iraqi Kurdistan voted overwhelmingly for independence in a ... Iraqi Kurdistan Arab
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan 24) – The main highway connecting the Erbil and Kirkuk provinces will re-open next week, a Kurdish Peshmerga ... of collaborating with Baghdad to control Kirkuk, Kirkuki said that if the Peshmerga had not fought the Iraqi forces and PMF in Pirde (Altun Kupri) town, Erbil would have also ... Iraqi Kurdistan Arab
Khalaf was 18 when ISIS fighters arrived in her once peaceful village of Kocho in Iraq's northern Sinjar region on August 3, 2014. ... But the Kurdish-speaking Yezidis, who follow a non-Muslim faith, became particular targets of hatred for the Sunni Muslim ISIS extremists that seized Sinjar in 2014 and ... Iraqi Kurdistan Arab
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – A Kurdish group announced a multi-city march across the Kurdistan Region to show solidarity with Afrin, which has been defending against a ... Bashur means south in Kurdish and refers to the southern areas of greater Kurdistan located within Iraq – the Kurdistan Region. Iraqi Kurdistan Arab
Ezidis are a religious group concentrated largely near the Iraqi city of Mosul and the Sinjar Mountain region. Smaller Ezidi communities can also be found in Turkey, Syria, Iran, Georgia and Armenia.Sinjar is a town located 120 kilometers west of Mosul with an Ezidi Kurdish majority. It fell to Daesh in August ... Iraqi Kurdistan Arab
THE KURDISH struggle in Syria and Iraq has witnessed a number of recent changes, with clear contrasts in each country. The broad victory of the "yes" in the Iraqi autonomous Kurdistan region's independence referendum on September 25, 2017, was rooted in the long historical will of the Kurdish people ... Iraqi Kurdistan Arab
It seized the Kurdish-held city of Kirkuk and other territory disputed between the Kurds and the central government, according to Reuters. It also banned direct flights to Kurdistan and demanded control over border crossings. Iran closed its border crossings with the Kurdistan region of Iraq following the vote ... Iraqi Kurdistan Arab
On February 11, a Kurdish delegation from Iraq arrived in Afrin to deliver hospital supplies and declare their support for Syrian Kurds braving the Turkish military offensive. Members of the regional parliament that forms the KRG (Kurdistan Regional Government) traveled from the northern Iraqi city of Erbil to ... Iraqi Kurdistan Arab
Iraqi Kurdistan could become a great travel destination — "if people would only stop confusing it with the Iraq they see in the news," said Tim Neville at The ... Outside the city of Dohuk, I walked the battlefield where in 331 B.C. Alexander the Great routed the forces of Persian King Darius III, a victory that ... Iraqi Kurdistan Arab
Turkish authorities have reportedly extradited a top Daesh leader to Iraq following the militant commander's capture. Baghdad and ... Turkey maintains a military presence in the northern Iraqi city of Bashiqa, nominally to battle Kurdish extremist groups that are based around the borders of the two nations. Iraqi Kurdistan Arab
The clashes occurred when a group of tourists from the Iraqi city of Basra allegedly printed the Shia Hashd al-Shaabi militias name on a billboard and placed it ... and the attack by Iraqi forces and the Iranian-backed Hashd al-Shaabi militias on the Kurdish-majority province of Kirkuk, relations between Kurdistan and Iraq ... Iraqi Kurdistan Arab
Kurdish forces, initially-backed by Canada and other western nations, played a key role in routing ISIS from northern Iraq. Today, however, more than three months after announcing a temporary suspension of Canadian military aid to Kurdish troops and the Iraqi military, Canada still has no specific plans to ... Iraqi Kurdistan Arab
Ali Akbar Velayati, chief foreign policy advisor to Iran's supreme leader on November 7, 2017, in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. ... ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan 24) – Iran keeps a close watch on Washington's political and military actions in the Middle East, and will act to diminish its influence in Kurdish regions, ... Iraqi Kurdistan Arab
Despite the efforts by the leadership of Iraqi Kurdistan to maintain peaceful relations with the government of Iraq, Iraq continues to punish the Kurds for ... offensive against troops from the Kurdish Peshmerga stationed in Iraqi Kurdistan, seizing control of the oil-rich city of Kirkuk and other disputed areas. Iraqi Kurdistan Arab
WASHINGTON DC, United States (Kurdistan 24) – Following an “unprovoked attack” on Tuesday against a “well established” headquarters of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in eastern Syria, the US responded with air and artillery strikes, Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR) ... Iraqi Kurdistan Arab
KALAR, Kurdistan Region — The Iraqi Security Forces and Iran-backed Hashd al-Shaabi have launched a military operation east of the disputed city of ... a Rudaw reporter in the area said, adding that the Kurdish forces are tasked with protecting the security of 20 villages, but that they are not to take part in ... Iraqi Kurdistan Arab
Tuz Khurmatu, 210 kilometers (130 miles) north of Baghdad, is among the areas disputed by the central government in Baghdad and the semiautonomous Kurdistan Region. The Kurdish army withdrew from the district last October after the Iraqi army made advances on the region following the Kurdish ... Iraqi Kurdistan Arab
ARBIL, IRAQ – Authorities in Iraqi Kurdistan said Tuesday they had detained some 4,000 suspected members of the Islamic State jihadist group, ... in northern Iraq who admitted to belonging to IS had been transferred from the city of Kirkuk, retaken by federal forces in October, to Kurdish-run prisons. Iraqi Kurdistan Arab
The Kurdistan flag (L) was hoisted at the Kirkuk Provincial Council through a majority vote at the council in late March 2017. In October of the same month, the flag was lowered after Iraqi troops took over the city following the pullout of Peshmerga forces. File photo. BAGHDAD, Iraq — The Iraqi Federal Court ... Iraqi Kurdistan Arab
The Jambur oil facility was secured by Iraqi forces in October, as the government regained control of disputed territories from the Kurdish Regional ... Said to be an alliance of former Islamic State militants and disgruntled Kurdish mafia members pushed out of the nearby town of Tuz Khurmatu, the group are ... Iraqi Kurdistan Arab
Abadi's Cabinet had sent the draft of the budget to Parliament to be approved late in October, but Sunni and Kurdish blocs, in addition to several small ... as prime minister and acting minister of finance, said that some of the demands could be dealt with, but the funding share for the Kurdistan region was not ... Iraqi Kurdistan Arab
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — The investigative committee to look into the events of Khurmatu is yet to obtain parliamentary approval and begin its work. Kurdish ... A division of Iraqi Rapid Division Forces and Iraqi Federal Police have been tasked by Baghdad with overseeing security of the multiethnic town. Iraqi Kurdistan Arab
SULAIMANI – Turkish army has entered seven kilometers into the Iraqi Kurdistan Region, authorities and villagers said, staging hostilities in an area on the border with Turkey. Villagers in Barmiza village in the Bradost area on the Kurdistan Region-Turkey border say the Turkish soldiers can easily been ... Iraqi Kurdistan Arab
... an Arab, replacing Kurdish governor Najmaldin Karim, a member of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) who was ousted by Baghdad because of his support for the Kurdistan Region's independence referendum and decision to raise the Kurdistan flag alongside the Iraqi one over government buildings. Iraqi Kurdistan Arab


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