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Kirkuk Should not Have the Same Future as Mosul

Lawk Ghafuri - 2017-10-22 21:01
Photo of Peshmerga statue in Kirkuk via Sputnik International By Lawk Ghafuri On 2014, Iraqi forces left Mosul and all the disputed areas without firing a single bullet against the so-called “Islamic State”, also known as “ISIS” and gave up on the areas ...

Kurds warn of humanitarian crisis as Iraq takes control of Kirkuk

The New Mail - 2017-10-22 09:34
The Kurdistan Regional Government said Saturday the region is facing as humanitarian crisis as nearly 170,000 people have been displaced from the Kirkuk region by Iraqi forces. Iraqis took control… The post Kurds warn of humanitarian crisis as Iraq takes ...

Iraqi forces, Peshmerga clash near Kirkuk

CNN - 2017-10-21 21:31
Clashes between Iraqi forces and Peshmerga fighters broke out Friday as Iraqi forces moved north of Kirkuk to the town of Altun Kupri. ...

Has American Policy Created a Monster in Iraq?

National Review - 2017-10-21 14:28
On October 20, Iraqi Security Forces battled Kurdish Peshmerga near the town of Altun Kupri. The Iraqi forces cradled U.S.-made M-16s and rode on black-coated American Humvees. The Peshmerga, defending a berm near the town, were also shown on video using ...

U.S. "very concerned" about reports of Kirkuk confrontation

KurdPress - 2017-10-21 14:03
The U.S. State Department said on Sunday it was watching developments in the disputed region of Kirkuk and was “very concerned” about reports of a confrontation, after Iraqi government forces clashed with Kurdish Peshmerga, Reuters reported. ...

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

KurdPress - 2017-10-21 14:03
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. ...

Abadi orders PMU to advance towards central Kirkuk

KurdPress - 2017-10-21 14:03
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has ordered the militias of Popular Mobilization Forces (PMU) or Hashd al-Shaabi to advance against the Peshmerga forces in Kirkuk. ...

Clashes between Iraqi, Kurdish troops close to Kirkuk

KurdPress - 2017-10-21 14:03
Iraqi and Kurdish forces exchanged artillery fire early Monday south of the city of Kirkuk, after central government forces began a "major operation" to take control of a Kurdish military base and oil fields. ...

Iraq says captures positions south of Kirkuk

KurdPress - 2017-10-21 14:03
Iraqi forces took several positions south of Kirkuk from Kurdish forces, including the North Gas Company station, a nearby processing plant and the industrial district south of the city. ...

Abadi orders Iraqi forces ordered to impose security in Kirkuk

KurdPress - 2017-10-21 14:03
The Iraqi Prime Minister, Haidar al-Abadi ordered on Monday, October 16, that government troops be committed to restoring security in the city of Kirkuk during a “major operation” to take over certain disputed territories. ...

Iraqi forces take complete control of Kirkuk province

KurdPress - 2017-10-21 14:03
Iraqi forces took control on Friday of the last district in the oil-rich province of Kirkuk still in the hands of Kurdish Peshmerga fighters following a three-hour battle, security sources said. ...

Iraqi court issues arrest warrant for Kosrat Rasul

KurdPress - 2017-10-21 14:03
A Baghdad court on Thursday issued an arrest warrant for the vice president of Iraqi Kurdistan on charges of “provocation” against Iraq’s armed forces, the judiciary said. ...

Kurds Turn Their Anger Against U.S.

The Wall Street Journal - 2017-10-21 04:26
Kurdish demonstrators protested outside the U.S. consulate in Erbil, the capital of the semiautonomous Kurdish region, accusing one of their closest allies of standing by as Iraqi forces dislodged them from a contested territory in the north of the countr ...

Heavy Clashes Erupt Between Peshmerga and Hashd Al-Shaabi Near Erbil

BAS News - 2017-10-20 11:11
ERBIL — Heavy clashes erupted between Peshmerga Forces and the Iranian-backed Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi militia on the outskirt of Erbil early on Friday. The clashes broke out after the Iraqi Forces and Hashd al-Shaabi, attempted to move onto t ...

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 ...

Kurdistan VP accuses certain PUK leaders of fall of Kirkuk

Waar Media - 2017-10-18 22:53
WAARmedia The vice president of Kurdistan and deputy leader of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) denounced those among the PUK who ordered the withdrawal of the Peshmerga forces in Kirkuk, which eventually led to the city’s takeover by Iraqi and Ira ...

US appeals for calm as allies clash in Iraq

CNN - 2017-10-18 19:56
The United States has made an urgent call for calm in northern Iraq as Iraqi forces and Kurdish fighters -- two of Washington's key allies in the region -- clash over disputed territory. ...

Baghdad Continues Action Against Kurds: Governor of Kirkuk Replaced

BAS News - 2017-10-18 18:40
ERBIL — The Iraqi central government officially sacked the Kurdish governor of Kirkuk, Najmaddin Karim, after its armed forces together with the Iran-backed Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi invaded the centre of the province. The decision was signed o ...

Iraqi Army Calls for Ban of Kurdish News Channels in Kirkuk

BAS News - 2017-10-18 18:40
KIRKUK — Iraqi Army’s Command of Military Operations has demands the Baghdad authorities to ban two Kurdish new channels from covering the post-invasion Kirkuk. In an official statement published on Wednesday, the command of the Iraqi armed forces claime ...

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 ...

Clashes around oil-rich Kirkuk raise specter of a new civil war in Iraq

Los Angeles Times - 2017-10-18 12:55
Gunfire and explosions rang out Monday as Iraqi forces moved to wrest a contested city and its oil fields from Kurdish fighters, raising the specter of another civil war in a country still battling Islamic State. The government forces said they were unde ...

Youths volunteer to defend Kurdistani areas

Waar Media - 2017-10-18 03:16
WAAR-Duhok After Iraqi forces and PMU attacks on Kikuk, many Kurdish youths has started volunteering to defend Kurdistani areas from PMU attacks. Many Youths in Akre took up arms and flock to areas near front lines to defend Kirkuk and other Kurdistani a ...

Lessons from Kurdistan’s 48 hours of confusion and shock

Seth Frantzman - 2017-10-18 01:26
By SETH J. FRANTZMAN In Forty-eight hours the Kurdistan Regional Government, the Iraqi Security Forces and Iranian-backed Shia militias have re-drawn northern Iraq. In a shocking reversal after three years […] ...

Barzani: We Have Always Sought Peaceful Solutions

BAS News - 2017-10-17 18:38
ERBIL — The President of the Kurdistan Region Masoud Barzani released Tuesday a statement to address the people of Kurdistan following the offensive of Iranian-backed Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi and Iraqi forces on Kirkuk Province and other dispu ...

IS Militants Capture Two Villages in Western Kirkuk

BAS News - 2017-10-17 12:13
ERBIL — The Islamic State (IS) captured on Monday two villages, west of Kirkuk Province, following the conflict between the Iraqi and Kurdish forces in the province. The IS militants took advantage of the security gap made by the Iraqi forces assault on ...
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