Top Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) terrorist killed in Turkish military airstrikes in northern Iraq

Slain PKK terrorist Birdal Burhanli, better known by the nom de guerre Agiri Mazlum Pirdogan (Photo by Anadolu news agency) The Turkish military says a high-profile member of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militant group has been killed in a series of airstrikes carried out in Iraq’s northern semi-autonomous Kurdistan region late last month. The Turkish General Staff, in a statement released […]

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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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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 to consider the Kurdish region’s […]

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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 and the Iraqi federal government […]

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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 Iraqi military. In an interview […]

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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 government in the wake of […]

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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 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 on Friday as saying that […]

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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 with numerous conflicts and terror […]

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