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US Senator Ted Cruz Backs Kurds Against Baghdad’s Attack on Kirkuk

BAS News - 2017-10-19 22:00
ERBIL — US Senator Ted Cruz has warned the Iraqi central government under the leadership of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi over taking “hostile actions” against Kurds. “Prime Minister Abadi and the Government of Iraq must maintain its focus on defeating ...

As Iraqi Forces Consolidate Control in North, Kurds Flee

The Wall Street Journal - 2017-10-19 07:06
Thousands of Kurdish civilians fled their homes in northern Iraq, fearing harassment by government forces and Shiite militias who have taken control of a vast swath of territory from Kurdish fighters. ...

Iraqi Forces Retake All Oil Fields in Disputed Areas as Kurds Retreat

The Kurdish Project - 2017-10-18 23:58
The following article was originally published in The New York Times. BAGHDAD — Kurdish separatists in northern Iraq surrendered all disputed oil fields to Iraq’s military on Tuesday, retreating in the face of overwhelming force that appeared to halt, at ...

Hashd al-Shaabi Invasion of Kirkuk Displaces 90,000 Kurds

BAS News - 2017-10-18 20:39
ERBIL — Since the invasion of Kirkuk by Iraq’s Shi’ite Arab militias of Hashd al-Shaabi, over 90,000 Kurds have been displaced by the militias’ atrocities against the population, said a Kurdish official. “A massive exodus of Kurds has started from Kirkuk ...

Iraq takes control of Sinjar after Kurdish army withdraws

The New Mail - 2017-10-18 14:06
Peshmerga forces gave up the Kurdish town of Sinjar to a pro-Iraqi paramilitary group and the Iraqi army, Baghdad’s army said Tuesday. Sinjar is composed of Yazidi Kurds, a non-Muslim… The post Iraq takes control of Sinjar after Kurdish army withdraws ap ...

Iraqi Kurds' dream of independence seems more elusive than ever

Los Angeles Times - 2017-10-18 12:55
The establishment of an independent Kurdistan — a decades-old dream for many people here — was starting to take shape. In a nonbinding referendum held by the Kurds three weeks ago, more than 92% of voters favored breaking away from Iraq. But on Tuesday, ...

Iraqi forces drive Kurds from disputed areas near Kirkuk

Washington Times - 2017-10-17 06:35
KIRKUK, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi Kurdish officials said early Monday that federal forces and state-backed militias have launched a "major, multi-pronged" attack aimed at retaking Kirkuk, as fighting erupted just outside the disputed northern city. Kurdish force ...

Iraq Ousts Kurdish Forces From Kirkuk

New York Times - 2017-10-17 04:28
Three weeks after the Kurds voted for independence, Iraqi forces overtook the Kurdish-held city of Kirkuk and its valuable oil fields on Monday. ...

Washington Has to Protect Kurds Against Baghdad Offensives: Congressman

BAS News - 2017-10-17 02:11
ERBIL — US Congressman Trent Franks that Washington has to make sure that it protects the Kurds against Iran-backed Shi’ite militias of Iraq as they overrun Kurdish areas. “It is very important to protect them, and we do every thing to make it clear that ...

Iraqi forces seize oil city Kirkuk from Kurds in bold advance

Reuters - 2017-10-16 20:47
BAGHDAD/KIRKUK, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi government forces captured the major Kurdish-held oil city of Kirkuk on Monday, responding to a Kurdish referendum on independence with a bold lightning strike that transforms the balance of power in the country. ...

Legitimate Rights of Kurds Should Be Respected: Kremlin Spokesperson

BAS News - 2017-10-16 15:53
ERBIL — Russia values the relations with both Baghdad and Kurdistan, and stands for finding a peaceful political solution to the situation in the region, Kremlin Spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told reporters. The legitimate rights of Kurds in Iraq should be ...

US Diplomat on Kirkuk Conflicts: Kurds Need Our Help Against IRGC Proxies

BAS News - 2017-10-16 05:11
ERBIL — Former US ambassador to Iraq, Zalmay Khalilzad, has called on his country to support the Kurds against military attacks by Iraq’s Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi in Kirkuk. Khalilzad said in a series of tweets on his official account that the ...

Iraq says vast areas taken from Kurds in Kirkuk, Kurds deny gains

Reuters - 2017-10-16 05:00
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi government forces took control of "vast areas" in the region of Kirkuk, including oilfields west of the city, in the early hours of Monday, Iraqi state TV said, but the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) disputed the assertions. ...

Iraqi Kurds vote in historic independence referendum, defying threats

E-Kurd - 2017-10-14 19:35
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Voting started on Monday in an independence referendum organized by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in northern Iraq, ignoring the threats of the Kurds’ neighbors and fears of further instability and violen ...

92.7% voted ‘Yes’ in Iraqi Kurdistan independence referendum

E-Kurd - 2017-10-14 19:35
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Iraq’s Kurds announced a massive “yes” vote for independence on Wednesday following a referendum that has incensed Baghdad and sparked international concern. Official results showed 92.73 percent of voters backing ...

Why Iraqi Kurdistan referendum could cause a new civil war

E-Kurd - 2017-10-14 19:34
Elizabeth Winkler | VOX Travel through northern Iraq and you’ll notice something strange. Most of the flags aren’t Iraqi ones; they’re the red, white, green, and yellow flag of the Kurds, who have long sought to carve out a new nation of their own there. ...

Why is an independent Kurdistan is bad news for some Kurdish leaders?

E-Kurd - 2017-10-14 19:34
Rizgar Khoshnaw | Exclusive to Ekurd.net The article was originally published on Ekurd in 2012. Recently, I have been reading the news that Iraq could be partitioned and many Kurds, and are rightfully so, are very happy and looking forward to that day. B ...

Iran, Iraq hold exercises near Iraqi Kurdistan: Kurdish official

E-Kurd - 2017-10-14 19:34
SULAIMANI, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Iranian and Iraqi forces staged joint military exercises on Monday near the border with Iraq’s autonomous Kurdistan region, a Kurdish official said, following tensions over the Kurds’ independence vote. Iraqi Kurds vo ...

Iraq’s Kirkuk a Ticking Time Bomb

E-Kurd - 2017-10-14 19:34
Manish Rai | Ekurd.net Iraq’s territories which are disputed by both Baghdad and Erbil have long been a primary source of contention between Kurds and federal government. Among these territories Kirkuk is most important one and both Baghdad and Erbil hav ...

Iraq launched a probe into Kurdistan’s lucrative oil revenues

E-Kurd - 2017-10-14 19:34
Iraq ratchets up pressure on Kurds after independence vote BAGHDAD,— Iraq’s central government on Monday unleashed a legal barrage against Kurdish officials and sought to seize key businesses in a fresh bid to tighten the screws over a disputed independe ...

Tensions soar between Kurds and Baghdad

Washington Times - 2017-10-14 12:39
Fears of a new civil war in Iraq — pitting the autonomous Kurdish region against the Iraqi central government — reached new heights Friday, with both sides engaging in tense troop movements around the disputed oil-rich city of Kirkuk. Kurdish authorities ...

Iraqi Kurds Send Reinforcements to Kirkuk Amid Army ‘Threats’

The Kurdish Project - 2017-10-14 07:18
The following article was originally published in BBC. Thousands of Kurdish fighters have been deployed to Iraq’s disputed Kirkuk region, officials say, amid fears that government forces want to retake it. The autonomous Kurdistan Region’s Vice-President ...

Iraqi Kurds send reinforcements to Kirkuk amid army ‘threats’

The New Mail - 2017-10-13 18:54
Thousands of Kurdish fighters have been deployed to Iraq’s disputed Kirkuk region, officials say, amid fears that government forces want to retake it. The autonomous Kurdistan Region’s Vice-President, Kosrat Rasul,… The post Iraqi Kurds send reinforcemen ...

Iraq refuses talks with Kurds unless they commit to unity

Reuters - 2017-10-13 00:32
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The Iraqi government said on Thursday it would not hold talks with the Kurdish autonomous region on reopening its airports and providing dollars for its banks, unless the Kurds commit to "Iraq's unity". ...

Kurdish Woman Seeking US Congress to Support Plight of Kurds from Sky

BAS News - 2017-10-12 10:44
Kurds in every corner of the world supported an independence referendum held by the Kurdistan Region of Iraq on September 25th, 2017. The support was as varied and diverse as the Kurds. There were rallies, political actions, cultural festivals, celebrati ...

Tensions Rise Between Iraqis and Kurds After Referendum

The Wall Street Journal - 2017-10-09 03:11
The defeat of Islamic State in Hawija, Iraq, removed the last buffer between Kurdish and Iraqi forces just as tensions between their respective leaders are intensifying over last month’s referendum in which Kurds voted overwhelmingly for independence. ...

Iran puts economic squeeze on Iraqi Kurds

The New Mail - 2017-10-05 20:32
Iraq and Iran have turned to economic weapons in retaliation for Iraqi Kurdistan’s independence referendum, with Baghdad closing the Kurds’ airspace to international flights and Tehran freezing trade in fuels.… The post Iran puts economic squeeze on Iraq ...
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