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Erdogan warns of sanctions over Kurds' independence bid

Turkish leader says Ankara is mulling sanctions if Iraq's Kurdistan region proceeds with September 25 referendum.

Russia becomes Iraq Kurds' top funder, quiet about independence vote

LONDON (Reuters) - Russia, the only major power that has not called on Iraq's Kurds to cancel a referendum on independence next week, has swiftly become the top funder of Kurdish oil and gas deals, with as much as $4 billion pledged in less than a year, industry sources say.

Is Trump about to repeat George W Bush's worst mistake? | Michael Fuchs

4 days agoNews : The Cutline

In 2002, Bush used his UN speech to argue for action against Iraq. Let’s hope Trump’s first UN speech isn’t the opening salvo in a preventable war with Iran ‘Why would North Korea deal with Trump if he doesn’t live up to US commitments?’ Photograph: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters

Turkey threatens sanctions over Kurdish independence vote

HABUR BORDER CROSSING, Turkey (Reuters) - Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan threatened to impose sanctions against Kurdish northern Iraq over a planned independence vote, piling economic pressure on Kurdish authorities after Turkish troops deployed near the main commercial border crossing.

Iraq Vet: FDNY Discriminated Against Me Over PTSD

4 days agoNews : The Daily Beast

Julio Andrade passed every test to be a firefighter, but a department psychiatrist DQ’d the Marine with stereotypes like ‘people with PTSD can’t socialize’

Oil set for strongest third quarter since 2004, Iraq hints at OPEC extension

4 days agoNews : The Cutline

By Amanda Cooper LONDON (Reuters) - Oil rose was on course for its largest third-quarter gain in 13 years as prices rose on Wednesday after the Iraqi oil minister said that OPEC and its partners are considering extending or deepening output cuts aimed at reducing a global supply glut. Show More Summary

Reflections on Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan

By David Petraeus | PRISM Volume 7, No 1 | September 14, 2017 This interview was conducted by Dr. Joseph Collins and Mr. Nathan White for Lessons Encountered: Learning from the Long War, which was published by NDU Press in November 2015. Can...Show More Summary

Turkish minister confirms agents' captured by Kurdish rebels

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has confirmed media reports that two Turkish intelligence officials have been captured by Kurdish rebels in neighboring northern Iraq. Cavusoglu's comments, in an interview with … Click to Continue »

Erdogan says Turkey to consider sanctions over Kurdish independence vote: Anadolu

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey will consider imposing sanctions on Kurdish northern Iraq over its planned independence referendum, President Tayyip Erdogan was cited by state-run Anadolu news agency as saying.

Kirkuk shaping up as flashpoint ahead of Kurdistan independence vote

KIRKUK, Iraq (Reuters) - Visitors to Kirkuk in northern Iraq are greeted by an imposing statue of a Kurdish Peshmerga fighter with a gun slung over his shoulder, a reminder of tensions building in the hotly-contested city ahead of a referendum on Kurdish independence.

A brave soldier and one horrible day: two lasting memories of Iraq

As I fumbled with the straps of my body armor, an Iraqi gentleman looked at me kindly and said, “You look nervous. Is this your first time here?” I nodded: I was indeed apprehensive. Though Los Angeles Times colleagues who had covered wars had offered me practical advice — “Always be paranoid,...

A brave soldier and one horrible day: two lasting memories of Iraq

As I fumbled with the straps of my body armor, an Iraqi gentleman looked at me kindly and said, “You look nervous. Is this your first time here?” I nodded: I was indeed apprehensive. Though Los Angeles Times colleagues who had covered wars had offered me practical advice — “Always be paranoid,...

The Missile That Terrorized Russia Is Getting a Super Update

Kris Osborn Security, The stinger is back.  The Stinger has not been used much in recent years in Iraq and Afghanistan, largely because it is less necessary in combat environments where the US already has air supremacy. However, should...Show More Summary

Iraqi forces seize village in one of last IS bastions

Al-Sagra (Iraq) (AFP) - Iraqi security forces and paramilitary units on Tuesday seized a village in one of the last pockets of territory controlled by the Islamic State group in the vast western province of Anbar, bordering Syria. The...Show More Summary

Turkey's Erdogan says Kurdish independence vote risks regional crisis

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey on Tuesday said a Kurdish independence referendum in northern Iraq could lead to fresh conflicts in the Middle East.

German Schoolgirl Who Joined ISIS May Get Death Penalty

The German teenager who ran away from her home to become an ISIS “jihadi bride” in Iraq could now face the death penalty for her involvement with the radical terrorist group after she was found by Iraqi government forces in … More » The post German Schoolgirl Who Joined ISIS May Get Death Penalty appeared first on EveryJoe.

5 things to know about the referendum in Iraqi Kurdistan

On Sept. 25, the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) is expected to hold its long-awaited referendum on independence. While it has generated much nationalist excitement among Kurds in the KRI capital of Irbil and abroad, the central government in Baghdad and the international community have objected to the vote. The United States has mobilized diplomatic capital […]

‘Emotional support dogs’ on planes is more scam than therapy

There’s not much that scares former Army Delta Force operator Josh Collins: not seven combat tours in in Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan, not getting seriously wounded. But when it comes to the increasing numbers of so-called “emotional support” dogs on planes, Collins — along with more and more airline passengers and workers — gets worried. […]

President Trump at U.N.: Here are the 3 nations in Trump's new 'Axis of Evil'

4 days agoNews : USAToday: News

In a twist on President Bush's 'Axis of Evil,' Trump keeps North Korea and Iran but subs Venezuela for Iraq.        

Turkish warplanes kill three Kurdish militants in northern Iraq: army

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish warplanes struck Kurdish militant targets in northern Iraq on Tuesday, killing three militants, the military said, as part of a widening campaign against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

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