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Baghdad extends Kurdistan international flight ban over independence referendum

December 28, 2017 3:30 am
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 […]

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Iraq’s Supreme Federal Court rules Kurdistan secession vote unconstitutional

November 20, 2017 10:00 pm
Iraq’s Supreme Federal Court rules Kurdistan secession vote unconstitutional

Officials of Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) cast their vote in a secession referendum at a hotel in Erbil on September 25, 2017. (Photo by AFP) Iraq’s Supreme Federal Court has ruled Kurdistan’s controversial secession referendum as unconstitutional, saying the results of the vote are void. “The Federal Court issued the decision […]

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Iraqi central bank orders private banks to close branches in Kurdistan within week

November 9, 2017 1:54 am
Iraqi central bank orders private banks to close branches in Kurdistan within week

This file photo shows a view of the Bank of Baghdad in Iraq. The Central Bank of Iraq has ordered private banks to halt their branches’ operations in the country’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region within a week to avoid a ban on dollar sales. According to Iraqi banking sources on Thursday, […]

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Iraq’s Supreme Federal Court bans any secession after Kurdish crisis

November 6, 2017 12:13 am
Iraq’s Supreme Federal Court bans any secession after Kurdish crisis

Iraq’s Supreme Federal Court (file photo) Iraq’s Supreme Federal Court has ruled that no region or province could secede from the homeland after an unconstitutional Kurdish referendum that ended in failure but brought the country to the brink of a new crisis.  The court said it took the decision on […]

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Iraq’s oil ministry warns oil companies against Kurdistan deals

October 19, 2017 7:00 pm
Iraq’s oil ministry warns oil companies against Kurdistan deals

An Iraqi oil employee checks pipelines at the Bai Hassan oil field, west of the multi-ethnic northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk, on October 19, 2017. (Photo by AFP) Iraq’s oil ministry has cautioned oil companies against signing contracts with authorities in the semi-autonomous Kurdish region without its approval. “This department […]

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Kurdish region never wanted war with Iraqi army: Foreign Minister of Iraq’s ‭Kurdistan Regional Government Falah Mustafa Bakir

9:59 am
Kurdish region never wanted war with Iraqi army: Foreign Minister of Iraq’s ‭Kurdistan Regional Government Falah Mustafa Bakir

Foreign Minister of Iraq’s ‭Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Falah Mustafa Bakir speaks during an interview in Washington on January 14, 2016. (Photo by AP) The regional foreign minister of Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has said that the semi-autonomous region has never intended to engage in a confrontation with the […]

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Iraqi Kurdistan vote postponed as ‘civil war’ looms large

October 18, 2017 8:30 pm
Iraqi Kurdistan vote postponed as ‘civil war’ looms large

A banner bearing a portrait of Kurdish regional President Massoud Barzani is seen as Iraqi forces advance towards Kirkuk on October 16, 2017. (Photo by AFP) Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has decided to postpone the presidential and legislative elections in the northern semi-autonomous region amid spiraling tensions with the Baghdad […]

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Iraq’s Kurdistan leader Masoud Barzani says recent referendum won’t be in vain

October 17, 2017 9:30 pm
Iraq’s Kurdistan leader Masoud Barzani says recent referendum won’t be in vain

The president of the Kurdistan region of Iraq, Masoud Barzani, speaks at the Atlantic Council in Washington, DC, May 6, 2015. (Photo by AFP) The president of Iraq’s Kurdistan has said the independence vote recently held throughout the region won’t be in vain. On Tuesday, Masoud Barzani further vowed to […]

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Kurdish leaders reject Baghdad’s demand to cancel referendum results

October 15, 2017 9:31 pm
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 […]

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Kurdistan deploys tens of thousands of forces to oil-rich Kirkuk

October 13, 2017 1:48 pm
Kurdistan deploys tens of thousands of forces to oil-rich Kirkuk

A file photo of Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga forces Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region has deployed tens of thousands of Peshmerga forces to the Kirkuk region amid tensions with the central government over a controversial secession referendum it held last month. Kurdish TV channel Rudaw cited the region’s Vice President Kosrat Rasul […]

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Russia, Iran, France warn Iraqi Kurds against repercussions of secession

September 27, 2017 9:00 pm
Russia, Iran, France warn Iraqi Kurds against repercussions of secession

Kurds celebrate to show their support for the independence referendum in Dohuk, Iraq, September 26, 2017. (Photo by Reuters) Russia, Iran and France have warned that a controversial secession referendum held in Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region could lead to further instability in the entire Middle East, a region already rife […]

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Storm clouds gather over Iraqi Kurdish referendum

September 24, 2017 10:30 pm
Storm clouds gather over Iraqi Kurdish referendum

A picture taken on September 19, 2017 shows a banner hung outside the headquarters of the National Turkmen Movement in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk, reading in Arabic: “The boycott of the September 25 referendum is a national duty for all the sons of Kirkuk; the National Turkmen Movement.” […]

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Turkey vows security, economic measures against Kurdish independence referendum

September 23, 2017 10:30 pm
Turkey vows security, economic measures against Kurdish independence referendum

Turkey’s Prime Minister Binali Yildirim speaks at the Vietnam-Turkey Business Forum in Hanoi on August 24, 2017. (Photo by AFP) Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim falls short of ruling out cross border operations if Iraq’s Kurdish region goes ahead with a planned independence vote. “Naturally, it is a question of […]

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Arab League rejects Kurdish independence referendum, calls it illegal

September 14, 2017 9:23 am
Arab League rejects Kurdish independence referendum, calls it illegal

Secretary General of the Arab League Ahmed Aboul Gheit (L) chairs the Arab foreign ministers meeting, September 12, 2017, in Cairo. (Photo by AFP) The Arab League has rejected an upcoming referendum on Iraqi Kurdistan’s independence an illegal measure that would pose further threats to security in the already volatile Middle […]

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Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi says Kurdish referendum on independence ‘unconstitutional’

September 12, 2017 10:00 pm
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi says Kurdish referendum on independence ‘unconstitutional’

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi (file photo) Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi says the planned Kurdish referendum on independence from the Arab country is “unconstitutional,” warning that the Kurds are “illegally” exporting Iraq’s oil. “I call upon the Kurdish leadership to come to Baghdad and conclude a dialogue,” Abadi said in a press […]

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