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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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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 media regulator bans two major Kurdish TV channels over inciting hatred, violence

October 30, 2017 11:08 pm
Iraq’s media regulator bans two major Kurdish TV channels over inciting hatred, violence

Iraq’s media regulator has issued a ban on two major Kurdish television channels, namely Rudaw and Kurdistan 24, accusing the two networks of “inciting hatred and violence”, as the semi-autonomous Kurdish region continues to suffer from the fallout of the last month’s contentious referendum on independence from the Arab country. The […]

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Iraq’s media regulator bans two major Kurdish TV channels over inciting hatred, violence

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Iraq’s media regulator bans two major Kurdish TV channels over inciting hatred, violence

Iraq’s media regulator has issued a ban on two major Kurdish television channels, namely Rudaw and Kurdistan 24, accusing the two networks of “inciting hatred and violence”, as the semi-autonomous Kurdish region continues to suffer from the fallout of the last month’s contentious referendum on independence from the Arab country. The […]

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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

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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 […]

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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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Iraqi forces reestablish security in Kirkuk after pushing out Kurds

October 17, 2017 9:09 am
Iraqi forces reestablish security in Kirkuk after pushing out Kurds

Iraqi forces ride atop a military vehicle as they advance toward villages between the northern cities of Hawija and Kirkuk on October 6, 2017, after retaking Hawija from the Takfiri Daesh terrorist group a day before. (Photo by AFP) Iraqi government forces have established security over the northern city of […]

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Iraq forces retake positions from Kurdish peshmerga fighters in disputed Kirkuk

October 14, 2017 3:30 am
Iraq forces retake positions from Kurdish peshmerga fighters in disputed Kirkuk

An Iraqi army tank is seen near a former Kurdish military position on October 13, 2017 in the northern town of Taza Khurmatu in Iraq’s oil-rich multi-ethnic province of Kirkuk Iraqi forces Friday retook positions controlled by Kurdish peshmerga fighters since 2014 in the oil-rich province of Kirkuk amid a […]

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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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Iraqi Kurdistan vote poses direct threat to Turkish national security: Turkey

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Iraqi Kurdistan vote poses direct threat to Turkish national security: Turkey

In this photo released by the Turkish presidential palace, President Tayyip Erdogan (C) chairs a National Security Council meeting in Ankara, Turkey, September 22, 2017. (Via Reuters) Turkey’s top security body says an independence referendum planned by Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region “directly” threatens Turkish national security. On Friday, Turkey’s National Security Council […]

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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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