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Kurds, Warning of Hostilities in Iraq, Appeal for a U.S. Envoy

The Wall Street Journal - 2017-11-21 02:29
The Iraqi Kurdish government has asked the U.S. to appoint a special envoy to mediate a deepening dispute between the central government in Baghdad and the semiautonomous Kurdish region, a top Kurdish official said Monday. ...

Iraqi Kurds to End Parliament Boycott

The New Mail - 2017-11-19 01:54
Iraq’s Kurdish lawmakers are returning to Baghdad this week in an apparent end to their boycott of the national parliament, a senior Kurdish official said Thursday. The move is a… The post Iraqi Kurds to End Parliament Boycott appeared first on The New M ...

Iraq forces take two largest Kirkuk oil fields from Kurds

E-Kurd - 2017-11-18 13:24
Iraq warns Kurdistan not to shut down Kirkuk oil flows KIRKUK,— Iraqi forces took control of the two largest oil fields in the disputed northern province of Kirkuk on Tuesday dealing a heavy blow to the finances of the autonomous Kurdistan government. Th ...

Israel’s Netanyahu lobbies world powers to stem Iraqi Kurd setbacks

E-Kurd - 2017-11-18 13:24
JERUSALEM,— Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is lobbying world powers to prevent further setbacks to Iraqi Kurds as they lose ground to Baghdad’s army, Israeli officials say. Israel has been the only major power to endorse statehood for the Kurd ...

Iraqi Kurds feel ‘abandoned’ by the U.S. as Israel offers support

E-Kurd - 2017-11-18 04:04
Ariel Ben Solomon | Jewish News Service JNS While Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly lobbies world leaders to protect the Kurds as they lose ground in Iraq, some activists and experts feel that the U.S. has sided with Iran in this regio ...

Iraq sets deadline for Kurds to quit Turkey border post

E-Kurd - 2017-11-18 04:04
BAGHDAD,— Iraqi forces set a tight deadline Friday for Kurdish fighters to withdraw from an area on the Turkish border that is critical for oil exports, a government source told AFP. The senior security source, asking not to be named, said Kurdish peshme ...

Iraq halts operation against Kurds, pushes on against Islamic State

E-Kurd - 2017-11-18 04:04
BAGHDAD,— Iraqi forces Friday paused operations against the Kurds to allow for talks after clashes over a key border crossing, as Baghdad pushed on with a separate offensive against the Islamic State group. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi ordered the 24-h ...

Iraqi army takes control of Turkey border from Kurds

E-Kurd - 2017-11-18 04:04
ISTANBUL,— Iraqi government forces on Tuesday took control of the key border crossing with Turkey in the Iraqi Kurdistan region after weeks of tensions between Baghdad and Erbil, the Turkish prime minister said. The border crossing “has been handed over ...

Iraqi Kurdistan was Never Ready for Statehood

E-Kurd - 2017-11-18 04:04
Denise Natali | Foreign Policy Iraqi Kurdistan’s referendum on independence has made an already bad situation for the Kurds far worse. Instead of enhancing the Kurds’ political leverage and autonomy, it has squandered international goodwill toward them, ...

Iraq to probe disappearance of Arabs arrested by Kurds

E-Kurd - 2017-11-18 04:04
KIRKUK,— Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has ordered an investigation after dozens of complaints from Arab families about relatives they say have not been heard from since their arrest by Kurdish forces. Kurds control an autonomous Kurdistan region ...

Kurdistan says to respect Iraqi court decision banning secession

E-Kurd - 2017-11-18 04:03
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— 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. Iraq’s Kurds vote ...

Iranian General: Iraqi Kurdistan Referendum is Part of U.S. Plot

E-Kurd - 2017-11-18 04:03
Michael Rubin | American Enterprise Institute The Iranian government remains broadly antagonistic to the 25 September 2017 referendum in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region (IKR) calling for independence. In the wake of the vote—in which Kurds overwhelmingly voic ...

Iraqi Kurds back away from independence bid

CNN - 2017-11-16 21:29
The government of Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdish region has taken another step back from its failed bid for independence, accepting a national court ruling that its disputed referendum was unconstitutional. ...

Iraqi Kurds end parliament boycott in concession to Baghdad

FOX News - 2017-11-16 20:19
Iraq's Kurdish lawmakers have ended their boycott of the national parliament in an apparent concession to Baghdad after a prolonged military and political standoff following the controversial Kurdish independence vote in September. ...

Sami Abdul Rahman, Kurdish delegate, urges U.S. to push Iraq deal

Washington Times - 2017-11-16 09:16
The Trump administration must do more to push a negotiated settlement between the Iraqi government and the country's Kurdish minority over a blocked Kurdish push for independence, the Iraqi Kurds' top representative in Washington said in an interview, war ...

Iraqi Kurds seek talks after federal court bars secession

FOX News - 2017-11-14 14:03
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. ...

Iraqi-Kurd feud escalates, but U.S. hopes to defuse tensions

Washington Times - 2017-11-04 13:37
The Trump administration is struggling to prevent a new powder keg from exploding in Iraq, where violence between the central government in Baghdad and the nation's Kurds in the north has displaced more than 180,000 people since the failed Kurdish indepe ...

Iraq threatens to resume military operations against Kurds

Reuters - 2017-11-02 04:37
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. ...

Territory lost by Kurds in Iraq

Al Jazeera - 2017-10-31 22:50
Kurdish forces have recently lost 40 percent of the area they had taken in fight against ISIL, as Iraqi forces moved in. ...

Barzani: Baghdad used the referendum as an excuse to attack Kurdistan

Waar Media - 2017-10-30 10:03
WAAR-DUHOK: The Iraqi government no longer believes in the rights of Kurds, and the independence referendum was just an excuse Baghdad exploited to again attack Kurds, said Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani. “Baghdad used the referendum as an exc ...

Who is Masoud Barzani?

Al Jazeera - 2017-10-30 04:18
Former fighter against Saddam's forces sought to lead Iraqi Kurds to independence but ended up as its biggest casualty. ...

The Wrong Side of History

Stephen Mansfield - 2017-10-29 22:56
On September 25, the Kurds of Iraqi Kurdistan will have... The post The Wrong Side of History appeared first on Stephen Mansfield.TV. ...

The Kurds Are Being Betrayed

Stephen Mansfield - 2017-10-29 22:56
On September 25, Iraqi Kurdistan held a referendum regarding independence... The post The Kurds Are Being Betrayed appeared first on Stephen Mansfield.TV. ...

Barzani: Iraq No Longer Believes in Kurdish Rights

BAS News - 2017-10-29 19:36
ERBIL — The Iraqi government no longer believes in the rights of Kurds, and the independence referendum was just an excuse Baghdad exploited to again attack Kurds, said Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani. “Baghdad used the referendum as an excuse ...

Iraqi Kurds' Independence Dreams Dashed as President Steps Down

The Wall Street Journal - 2017-10-29 18:16
Masoud Barzani is to step down as president of Iraq’s semiautonomous Kurdish region, just a month after an independence referendum reversed years of political and military gains made by the Kurds and dashed their dreams of statehood. ...

France’s Macron Urges PM Abadi to Hold Talks with Kurds

BAS News - 2017-10-29 15:18
ERBIL — French President Emmanuel Macron called for dialogue between Baghad and Erbil in a phone call to Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Saturday. "The president of the republic asked for everything possible to be done to avoid conflict between I ...

Kurds to halt independence plans

CNN - 2017-10-29 03:24
The leaders of Iraq's autonomous region of Kurdistan have proposed holding off on acting on its September independence referendum in an effort to "act responsibly in order to prevent further violence," in the face of the Iraqi government's military respon ...

Iraqis, Kurds clash at key Syria border crossing

The New Mail - 2017-10-27 17:01
Iraqi troops clashed with Kurdish forces on Thursday at a crossing on the Syrian border the U.S. military considers essential for its Middle East operations. The fight is part of… The post Iraqis, Kurds clash at key Syria border crossing appeared first o ...

Iraqi Forces Advance on Last ISIS Bastion, Kurds

The Wall Street Journal - 2017-10-26 20:43
Iraqi government troops launched an offensive to rout Islamic State from its final stronghold in the country, while advancing against Kurdish fighters on a separate front. ...

Iraq launches new offensives against Kurds

Jerusalem Post - 2017-10-26 16:07
The battles come after a momentous ten days in Iraq that saw Iraqi Security Forces take over large swaths of territory as Peshmerga withdrew from Kirkuk and Sinjar. ...
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