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Iraqi PM meets Kurdistan region leader for first time since independence vote

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi met on Saturday with the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region's Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani for the first time since conflict broke out over a Kurdish independence referendum, officials said.

Iraqi PM Abadi meets Kurdistan region PM Barzani: Kurdish official

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi met on Saturday in Baghdad with the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region's Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani, a Kurdish official said.

Iran re-opens border crossings with Iraqi Kurdistan region

LONDON (Reuters) - Iran re-opened two crossings with the Iraqi Kurdistan region on Tuesday that it had closed after a referendum in favor of independence in the Kurdish area, Iran's semi-official ISNA news agency reported.

Demonstration in Kurdistan against the Barzanis

18 December 2017: responding to the call of the Goran Party, several thousands of officials demonstrated, at Sulaymaniyah, the second town in the Iraqi Kurdistan, calling for the resignation of the regional government. The demonstrators,...Show More Summary

Broadcaster NRT closed, KNN journalists assaulted amid protests in Iraqi Kurdistan

Beirut, December 20, 2017--The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the closure of an independent television broadcaster by the Kurdish authorities in northern Iraq, and attacks on journalists covering anti-austerity protests held yesterday in the same region....

Protests rock Iraqi Kurdistan despite police clamp down

Protests raged for a third day in Iraqi Kurdistan Wednesday despite a clampdown by security forces after five people were killed as ire exploded at the calamitous fallout from an independence vote. Demonstrators in the town of Rania,...Show More Summary

Opposition groups quit Iraqi Kurdish government

SULAIMANIYA, Iraq (Reuters) - Leading Kurdish opposition movement Gorran has withdrawn its ministers from Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and its member Yousif Mohamed has resigned as parliament speaker, party sources told Reuters on Wednesday.

Troops lock down Iraqi Kurdistan's second city after riots

Heavily armed troops and anti-riot police locked down Iraqi Kurdistan's second city Sulaimaniyah on Wednesday after two days of protests killed five people and wounded nearly 200 across the region. Armoured personnel carriers, waterShow More Summary

Five killed in Iraqi Kurdistan in anti-KRG protests

Protesters call for the KRG to resign and storm government and political parties in Sulaymaniyah province.

Three people killed as protests turn violent again in Iraqi Kurdistan

SULAIMANIYA, Iraq (Reuters) - Three people were killed and more than 80 wounded as Kurdish protesters, angered by years of austerity and unpaid public sector salaries, took to the streets on Tuesday in a second day of violent unrest amid tensions with Baghdad.

Protesters attack party offices for second day in Iraqi Kurdistan

SULAIMANIYA, Iraq (Reuters) - Kurdish protesters, angered by years of austerity and unpaid public sector salaries, attacked several offices of the main political parties in Iraq's Kurdish north on Tuesday in a second day of violent unrest amid tensions with Baghdad.

Protests rock Iraqi Kurdistan for second day

Protesters in Iraqi Kurdistan torched a mayor's office and stormed a ruling party building on Tuesday as anger raged for a second day at the disastrous fallout from a September independence referendum. The vote delivered a resounding "yes" but drew sweeping reprisals from Baghdad which have dealt a heavy blow to the autonomous region's economy. Show More Summary

Kurdish authorities say Iraq forces preparing fresh attack; Iraq denies

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Iraqi forces are preparing a fresh attack on Kurdish Peshmerga fighters, the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) of northern Iraq said on Monday. A military spokesman in Baghdad denied that Iraqi forces were planning to resume an attack they began mid-October in retaliation for a September referendum on Kurdish independence. Show More Summary

Russia's Rosneft pays Iraqi Kurdistan $1.3 bn advance

Russian oil giant Rosneft said Tuesday it had paid authorities in Iraqi Kurdistan an advance of $1.3 billion as part of production sharing deals that have angered Baghdad. Rosneft announced last month it had signed agreements for five oil blocks in the region, which is at loggerheads with Iraq's central government over independence. Show More Summary

Iraq's Kurdistan says to respect court decision banning secession

ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi Kurdish authorities said on Tuesday they would accept a court decision prohibiting the region from seceding, signaling a new phase in efforts to restart stalled negotiations over its future.

Quake leaves trail of death and destruction in Iraq

Nizar Abdullah spent the night sifting through the ruins of the two-storey house next door in the mountainous town of Darbandikhan in Iraqi Kurdistan after a killer quake hit the region. "There were eight people inside," Abdullah, an Iraqi Kurd, told AFP on Monday, outside the pile of concrete debris where the house once stood. Show More Summary

War in Iraq: Masoud Barzani, Ex-Kurdish Leader, Says U.S. Knew in Advance About Iraqi Assault on Kirkuk

Masoud Barzani, the former head of Iraqi Kurdistan, spoke to Newsweek about the Kurdish dream deferred.

Over 180,000 civilians, mostly Kurds, displaced by Iraqi-Kurdish conflict

More than 180,000 civilians, mostly Kurds, have been displaced by the conflict between the Iraqi central government and the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq, humanitarian organizations said on Thursday. Last month Iraqi forces captured...Show More Summary

What Arab Leaders Think of USAID Funding Persecuted Christians

Middle East believers pray more American money won't mean more problems. Ashty Bahro was one of the first to the scene in al-Qosh, traveling 25 miles over mountainous roads from his base in Iraqi Kurdistan to the town where 850 Iraqi...Show More Summary

Why the Fight for Fishkhabour Is So Important for Iraqi Kurds

A month after its independence referendum, Iraqi Kurdistan is seeing its economic future threatened.

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