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Bomb kills 32 in town contested between Baghdad and Kurds, Iraqi officials say

Iraqi officials say a suicide bomber detonated a pickup truck loaded with explosives, killing 32 people at a marketplace in a contested town claimed by Baghdad and the Kurdish region. Iraqi police and hospital officials say the powerful explosion Tuesday evening in Tuz Khormato wounded at least...

Iraqi court opens way for Kurds to annul independence vote

Iraq's top court has paved the way for the self-ruled northern Kurdish region to step back from its controversial independence referendum and annul the vote's results that overwhelmingly backed secession … Click to Continue »

Iraqi Kurds seek talks after federal court bars secession

Iraq's self-ruled Kurdish region says a federal court ruling that bars secession "must become a basis" for dialogue with the central government following September's divisive independence referendum. In a statement … Click to Contin...

Are the Syrian Kurds Next for Betrayal by the Trump Administration?

Click here for reuse options! Trump and his generals are fairweather friends to freedom fighters. Iraqi Kurds were attacked in Kirkuk by Iranian-backed Shiite militias on October 15. Despite decades of close cooperation between Iraqi Kurdistan and the United States, the U.S. Show More Summary

Iraqi Kurds’ Independence Vote Exposed Risks to Energy Strategy

3 weeks agoNews : NYTimes: News

Regional leaders have long sought to craft an oil and gas policy independent of Baghdad, but the fallout from the recent referendum reveals new liabilities.

Can Syria's Kurds avoid their Iraqi brethren's fate?

As part of bid for greater autonomy, Syrian Kurds are voting in local elections, the second step in three-phase process.

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

The Kurds Are Right Back Where They Started

3 weeks agoNews : The Cutline

In a televised address on October 29, the president of the Iraqi Kurdish region, Masoud Barzani, declared that he would step down from his post. It remains unclear whether Barzani, son of the legendary founder of the Kurdish national movement, Mustafa Barzani, would reemerge as leader in a different guise, but clearly his announcement was not part of a well-laid plan.

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.

Iraq threatens to resume military operations against Kurds

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi forces threatened on Wednesday to resume operations to capture northern Kurdish-held territory after accusing authorities there of delaying handing over control of Iraq's borders with Turkey, Iran and Syria...

Iraqi Kurdistan Was Never Ready for Statehood

The war against the Islamic State concealed the Kurds' political and economic weaknesses. The loss of Kirkuk has made them impossible to ignore.

IRAN, IRAQ AND THE KURDS: Be my bitch and I’ll make you rich. The Iraqi Kurds thought they were s…

IRAN, IRAQ AND THE KURDS: Be my bitch and I’ll make you rich. The Iraqi Kurds thought they were safe because if there is one thing the Kurds and Iraqi Arabs can agree on one was that Iran was out to gain more control over whoever was running Iraq. Iran did have a plan and […]

Iraqi authorities gain first foothold at Kurdish frontier with Turkey

3 weeks agoHumor / odd : The Sideshow

Iraq's entire land border with Turkey is located inside the Kurdish autonomous region, and has been controlled by the Kurds since before the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003. The Iraqis set up positions between the Turkish and the Iraqi...Show More Summary

Territory lost by Kurds in Iraq

Kurdish forces have recently lost 40 percent of the area they had taken in fight against ISIL, as Iraqi forces moved in.

Iraq Punishes Kurds, Plans End to Independent Rule for Key U.S. Ally

3 weeks agoNews : Newsweek: US

The Iraqi government is seeking to regain authority of the region's borders and absorb its security forces into the Iraqi military.

For Kurds in Baghdad, the failed Kurdish independence bid provokes an identity crisis

3 weeks agoNews : BlogPost

BAGHDAD — The Iraqi Kurds' failed bid for independence has led to military confrontations in northern Iraq and leadership questions in the Kurdistan region’s capital of Irbil. But some 250 miles south, in a working-class corner of Baghdad’s sprawl, the vote has quietly provoked a crisis of identity. Akd al-Akrad, or Quarter of the Kurds, is a neighborhood […]

Who is Masoud Barzani, leader of the Iraqi Kurds?

Former fighter against Saddam's forces almost led the Iraqi Kurds to independence.

Kurds, still hoping for independence, fight on after losing Kirkuk

Iraqi Kurds, who voted for independence in a nonbinding referendum, have lost oil-rich Kirkuk to government forces, allegedly supported by Iranian militias. Kurdish leaders accuse the U.S. of helping their enemies, including known terrorists.

Iraq orders 24-hour truce in standoff with Kurds over Kirkuk takeover by Iraqi forces

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi ordered a 24-hour suspension to military operations against Kurdish forces in northern Iraq, to allow for the peaceful deployment of Iraqi troops at the border crossings with the Kurdistan region....Show More Summary

Iraqi And Kurdish Forces Agree To Pause Fighting

4 weeks agoNews : The Two-Way

This has the potential to open the door for talks, after Iraqi forces moved to wrest territory from the Kurds, including the oil-rich city of Kirkuk. Iraq opposed a Kurdish independence referendum.

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