Iraq’s federal government resumes paying salaries of Kurds frozen over secession vote

Teachers and civil servants protest in Sulaymaniyah, Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region, on October 7, 2015. (Photo by AFP) Iraq’s federal government has announced resumption of paying the salaries of Kurdish civil servants and Peshmerga security forces, which had been frozen in the wake of tensions between Baghdad government and Kurdish authorities over a non-binding Kurdish […]

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Baghdad extends Kurdistan international flight ban over independence referendum

Passengers are seen at Erbil Airport, in the capital of Iraq’s semi-autonomous northern Kurdish region, on September 29, 2017. (Photo by AFP) Iraqi authorities have extended for two more months an international flight ban on the country’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region amid tensions between the Baghdad government and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in the wake […]

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Kurdish leaders reject Baghdad’s demand to cancel referendum results

Kurdistan Regional Government President Massoud Barzani (C) sits next to Iraqi President Fuad Masum during a ceremony at the airport in the Iraqi Kurdish city of Sulaimaniyah following the arrival of deceased former Iraqi president Jalal Talabani’s coffin on October 6, 2017. (Photo by AFP) Kurdish leaders have dismissed the Iraqi government’s demand that the […]

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Kurdistan willing to hold talks with Iraqi officials over existing row: Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government

Officials of Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) cast their vote in the Kurdish independence referendum at a hotel in Arbil on September 25, 2017. (AFP photo) Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has expressed willingness to hold negotiations with the Iraqi government regarding their dispute over the restrictions that Baghdad has imposed on the semi-autonomous region. In […]

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Iran’s Minister of Petroleum Bijan Zangeneh in Baghdad for energy talks

This file photo by Shana shows Iran’s Minister of Petroleum Bijan Zangeneh. Iran’s Minister of Petroleum Bijan Zangeneh has traveled to Baghdad at the head of a delegation to review energy agreements between the two neighbors.  Zangeneh and his Iraqi counterpart Jabar al-Luaibi are expected to finalize two agreements signed between the two countries during a visit […]

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Iraqi cleric Muqtada al-Sadr supporters hold fresh demonstration in Iraqi capital of Baghdad

Supporters of influential Iraqi cleric Muqtada al-Sadr have one again taken to the streets of the capital, Baghdad, a few days after a similar demonstration turned violent and left dozens of casualties. Iraq’s al-Sumariah television network reported that Tuesday’s rally was held in Baghdad’s Tahrir Square, with the participants demanding the resignation of a commission that […]

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