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Tensions took on new life last September when Kurds held a referendum calling for independence. And when the Iraqi army swept into Kirkuk, the Turkmens kicked the Kurdish peshmerga out of Tuz Khurmatu and took charge of the city's administration -- a change that people like Abbass Maarouf, ...
The practice of TV confessions has been happening in Iraq for decades, and the regime of Saddam Hussein used this method repeatedly against its enemies, including the Kurds. Many Kurdish government officials old enough to remember Saddam's brutal rule recognize the similarity of the methods the ...

The battles resumed after PKK accused Ankara of failure of protecting Kurds following an Islamic State attack that killed 32 Kurds at a town near the borders with Syria. Turkey's military interventions in Iraq and Syria has partially been driven by anxiousness to curb the influence of Kurdish militias thought to ...
Kurdish aspirations will also come up against an implacable Turkey, which regards a self-governing Kurdish region across its southern border, and ... Arab, as the Kurds have expanded their writ in the north and the Islamic State has been reduced to small pockets mostly near the Iraqi border in the south.
"There is a scope for doing more in Iraq and training Iraqi forces," Pavel told CBC News, "and as I discussed with General Vance, Canada is ready to ... will be headquartered in Baghdad, but some elements are expected to operate in Erbil, the capital of the semi-autonomous Kurdish region in northern Iraq.

With its political leadership based in Syria, the PKK established its military headquarters in the Kandil Mountains of Iraq, in the Kurdish-majority region on the ... Despite the fact that the PKK's strategy demanded "independence from four states," the Syrian and Iraqi authorities welcomed the group as it was ...
Kurds in Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava) currently control large swaths of territory which they've liberated from the Islamic State (IS) over the past few years. Its troops, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), spearheaded by the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), are supported by the US and the Global Coalition against IS.
In addition, the budget did not include allocations to the Iraqi Kurdistan peshmerga or Iraq's Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), which some critics said was unfair ... The Kurdish blocs plan to meet with Iraqi President Fuad Masum to discuss how the budget has worsened the situation between the Baghdad ...
Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) The German cabinet will vote Wednesday on whether to continue the training of Iraqi and Kurdish troops as part of the fight against Islamic State militants. German network ARD said the mandate subject to the vote involves the German air force's participation in the anti-IS ...
Until then, the Kurds had enjoyed strong military support from Canada and other Western allies. When ISIS first seized large swaths of territory in Iraq in 2014 and 2015, the Iraqi Army crumbled, with huge numbers of Iraqi troops deserting. The Kurdish Peshmerga, the military of the semi-autonomous ...
Iraqi forces say they're making advances in their operation to secure northern areas near the border with Iran. They are fighting a mainly Kurdish group called the White Banners or White Flags who are believed to be allied with ISIL. The area is a proposed truck route for oil deliveries between Iran and Iraq.
BAGHDAD: Iraq's parliament on Saturday (Mar 3) adopted an US$88.5 billion budget for 2018, with Kurdish lawmakers boycotting the vote to protest ... Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga forces took control of the northern province of Kirkuk, home to key oilfields, in June 2014 after federal forces withdrew in the face ...
Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi Kurds are joining their Syrian peers in their fight against Turkish troops in Syria's Afrin district, a newspaper has claimed, ... an official at Iraqi Kurdistan's Islamic Group saying that tens of young people headed to Afrin to fight as volunteers on the side of Kurdish troops there, ...
Baghdad, Iraq - All Kurdish factions in the Iraqi Parliament have decided to boycott Wednesday's parliament session and future ones aimed to discuss the current "catastrophic" budget bill presented by the Iraqi government, the move comes ahead of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's visit to the legislature ...
But then the airstrikes began and the Kurdish peshmerga and Iraqi Army turned the tide on the ground. ... He learned Kurdish and married a Kurd. ..... The Kurds voted in September to declare independence from Iraq, a move that triggered Baghdad into placing a punitive ban on international flights into the ...
The Kurdish regional government (KRG) in Iraq had previously sent about 150 peshmerga soldiers to Syria in 2014. The Iraqi Kurds lent their hand in defeating Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) terrorist forces to recapture the Kurdish Kobani Canton. Back then, Turkey allowed the Iraqi Kurds to cross its ...

Baghdad, Iraq -- Iraqi Parliament's session on Saturday was set to discuss the timing of the general elections and amendments to election law, but was postponed until Monday due to ... Tariq Gardi, another Kurdish parliamentarian reiterated that Sunnis and Kurds have call for secret ballots. Gardi said ...
Such Kurdistani coalitions allowed parties in Erbil to win some 15-20% of seats (40-50 seats) in Iraq's Parliament, while Gorran and the Kurdish Islamic parties individually would take another dozen or so seats ... The case for unifying coalitions in these national-level Iraqi elections remains strong, of course.
New Kurdish militias are forming from the remnants of defunct ones to renew the fight with the Iraqi Army and the Popular Mobilization Units. ... "The group's main goal is to undermine security in Tuz Khormato and the disputed areas, to force non-Kurds out and prepare to restore Kurdish influence." However ...
The claims, which refer to the weeks in September and October 2017 when the Iraqi government moved against Kurdish militia after an independence referendum, are expected to be raised with the Foreign Office minister Alistair Burt at a parliamentary hearing on Tuesday in which the UK government will ...
In the September 2017 referendum, Iraqi Kurds voted 92 per cent in favor of transforming their semi-autonomous region in northern Iraq, often called Iraqi Kurdistan, into a sovereign nation. Although the referendum failed to yield immediate results, it sends a signal to the central government of Iraq and the ...
Kurdish, Sunni MPs boycott Iraqi Parliament session over budget dispute ... ERBIL, Kurdistan Region -- The Iraqi parliament could not convene on Wednesday to discuss 2018 budget due to a boycott by Sunni and Kurdish factions, but ... "The Kurds have nine reservations about Iraq's budget for 2018.
The Iraqi government initially imposed the flight ban on international flights to and from the Kurdistan Region on September 29, just four days after the Kurdish vote on Independence. ... The KRG has described the flight ban as "collective punishment" that discriminates against Iraq's Kurdish population.
But Abadis resolve should be taken with a degree of skepticism, since any holdup of funds could lead to violent clashes within Iraqi Kurdistan that could develop into a civil war, which could spill over into other parts of Iraq where Kurds live. The Iraqi government, gearing up for elections next May, hardly ...
In this file photo, Iraqi Kurds wave flags of Iraqi Kurdistan during a demonstration outside the UN Office in Arbil, the capital of the autonomous region, ... SULAIMANIYAH, Iraq - At least 600 people have been arrested since protests began last week against authorities in Iraqi Kurdistan over corruption and ...
Two opposition parties, the Gorran and the Kurdistan Islamic Group (Komal), have withdrawn from Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan Regional ... imposed stringent measures due to the KRG's holding of an independence referendum, on September 25, in which the Kurds voted overwhelmingly to secede.
Kurdish forces in Iraq, known as peshmerga, Sunday criticized Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi for not mentioning the role of Peshmerga in ... Relations between Iraqi Kurds and the Abadi government deteriorated after the September 25 referendum that resulted in an overwhelming "yes" vote for Kurd ...
Turkey is prepared to take its fight against Kurdish forces in northern Syria as far east as Iraq, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said. Speaking in Ankara, Mr Erdogan reiterated that his forces ... from the Mediterranean in the west to Iraq in the east. About 700km of this border is controlled by the Kurds.
Members of the Kurdish political elite, working with U.S. and multinational oil firms, created a system of pay-to-play contracts and kickbacks that enriched themselves. Iraqi Kurds 2 Iraqi Kurds in Erbil, Iraq, celebrate the arrival of U.S.-led coalition forces in Baghdad in 2003. Reuters. Oil data in Iraq is ...
Masoud Barzani, the president of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region, extended the vote to areas known as the disputed territories -- borderlands between Kurdish and Arab Iraq that are claimed by both sides and prized for their oil. The Baghdad government of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi objected in particular to ...
SitRep: Raqqa Falls as Washington Flails Over Iraq, Kurd Fight ... An Iraqi soldier walks past a road sign as they move on the center of Kirkuk on October 16. ... and criticizing the Kurds for last month's independence referendum. ... FP's Robbie Gramer and Paul McLeary write that Kurdish leaders continue to ...
Baghdad -- Kurdish separatists in northern Iraq surrendered all disputed oil fields to Iraq's military on Tuesday, retreating in the face of ...
Iraqi troops seized Kirkuk from the nation's Kurdish minority Monday, ... weeks ago the Kurds held a vote to break away from the rest of Iraq.
Iraq's Kurds, too, remember the brutal campaigns waged by Saddam ... Kurdish officials accused the Iraqi Army of carrying out a "major, ...
Iraqi troops have wrested control of Kirkuk from the Kurds, who have held it for the last three years. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with New York ...
After Iraq's Kurds voted in favor of independence, they took to the streets, ... Kurdish oil is still flowing, despite threats by the Turks to shut down a vital ... from Kurdistan's international airports, was softened this week when Iraqi ...
Iran says its military has held a joint military drill with the Iraqi armed forces amid tensions over a recent referendum on independence in Iraq's ...
Iraqi Kurdish leader and former Iraqi president Jalal Talabani has died, ... now the seat of the Kurdistan regional government in northern Iraq, ...
The Kurds of Iraq were voting in a referendum on support for ... After a months-long preparation by Iraqi Kurdish President Massoud Barzani to ...
93 percent of Kurds voted for independence on Monday in a referendum that the Iraqi national government deemed illegal. Turkey, to the north, ...
Coalition fears Iraqi Kurds' vote for freedom will ignite tinderbox ... The song is a call for Kurdish independence. ... were drawn, many Kurds in Iraq hope a vote tomorrow will rip up the boundaries and give them a homeland.
Iraq's top diplomat is reiterating its government's opposition to Iraqi Kurds' planned independence vote next week. Foreign Minister Ibrahim ...
On Saturday, four Iraqi Kurdish soldiers were killed in an explosion in the ... Kurds across northern Iraq will go ahead with casting their votes.
Even if the outcome is a foregone conclusion -- nearly every Kurd holds ... Iraqi Kurdistan, an oil-rich enclave in northern Iraq, may be their best hope yet. ... and Kurdistan could end the cooperation between Iraqi and Kurdish ...
Sunni MP from disputed province urges Kurds to choose peace, stability ... Abdulqahar al-Samaraei, head of the Sunni Amal faction in the Iraqi ... then will be discussing them with Kurdish parties and our brothers in ... This is the position of the Iraqi government, which supports the integrity of Iraq," said Adisi.
Despite regional and international opposition, the Kurdish Regional ... in northern Iraq, from Kurds living in the autonomous region, as well as Kurdish diaspora ... The Iraqi government maintains that the territory is part of Iraq, while the ... expressed mild support for the Kurd's quest for independence, saying, ...
On the citadel in Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan. ... But the Kurdish cause in Iraq is, at its essence, a matter of long-term security and survival for ... It's for those reasons that many Kurds see full independence as desirable.
As Iraqi Kurds increasingly quarrel ahead of the Sept. ... on the secession of northern Iraq's Kurdish region to be held on Sept. 25, in ... a 69-year-old Iranian Kurd mingled with a group of Iraqi Kurds while pouring tea for them.
Iraqi Kurds want their own free country, but the U.S. government is ... one), clashes with its own Kurd population and would do almost anything to prevent ... Iranian-controlled Iraq might hate the idea of a Kurdish state, but the ...


 

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