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IRGC Extracts Iraq’s Kifri Oil with Support from a PUK Group

BAS News - 2017-11-19 11:14
ERBIL — The Islamic Republic of Iran last week deployed hundreds of troops to an area between Tuz Khurmatu and Kifri districts in northern Iraq’s Diyala province, in an attempt to extract oil in the area. A Kurdish official in Kirkuk, confirmed to BasNew ...

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 ...

Massoud Barzani may step down, a potential blow to his ruling family

E-Kurd - 2017-11-18 04:04
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Longtime Iraqi Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani has been president of the northern autonomous region since 2005 and has seen his family-dominated Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) only grow in influence since. Last mo ...

Iraq targets 1 million bpd output for disputed Kirkuk oilfields

E-Kurd - 2017-11-18 04:03
KIRKUK,— Iraq aims to double the output of oilfields in the northern province of Kirkuk retaken from the Kurds to one million barrels per day (bpd), Oil Minister Jabbar al-Luaybi said Monday. “The priority is to resume oil exports from Kirkuk through the ...

Turkish Jets Strike Northern Kurdistan Region Areas: Turkish Military

BAS News - 2017-11-14 01:46
ERBIL — Turkish warplanes bombed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) positions in northern Kurdistan Region areas near the Turkish border on Sunday, the Turkish military said. The Turkish jets hit a number of targets in northern Iraq's Zap, Mount Qandil, Sina ...

Darbandikhan and Mosul Dams Unlikely to Survive Another Earthquake

BAS News - 2017-11-14 01:46
ERBIL — The Committee of Agriculture of the Kurdistan Region Parliament warned about the danger that the earthquakes pose to the Darbandikhan and Mosul dams in northern Iraq. Abbas Ghazali, a member of the committee, told BasNews that the dams won’t surv ...

Changing of the Guard Resets Cycle of Retribution in Iraq

The Wall Street Journal - 2017-11-13 00:10
The Arab victors in the latest reversal of fortunes in northern Iraq have wasted no time erasing the legacy of three years of Kurdish rule in territory once held by Islamic State. ...

Strong earthquake hits Iraq-Iran border area, six killed in Iran

Reuters - 2017-11-12 22:56
BAGHDAD/ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - A strong earthquake hit large parts of northern Iraq and the capital Baghdad on Sunday, and also caused damage in villages across the border in Iran where state TV said at least six people had been killed. ...

Two suicide attacks in Iraq's Kirkuk kill at least five

Reuters - 2017-11-05 19:55
KIRKUK, Iraq (Reuters) - Two suicide bombers killed at least five people and wounded more than 20 in an attack on a Shi'ite mosque in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk on Sunday, police and medical sources said. ...

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. ...

Amid Pence promises, persecuted Iraqi Christians still in perilous limbo

FOX News - 2017-11-01 23:11
Hundreds of thousands of persecuted Christians, Yazidis and other minorities driven from battered northern Iraq are still in a perilous limbo, as humanitarian groups struggle to make sense of a new Trump Administration initiative rolled out after Vice Pre ...

US: Kurdish-Iraqi clashes undermining ISIS fight

CNN - 2017-11-01 00:56
Armed clashes between Iraqi and Kurdish forces in Northern Iraq are undermining the fight against ISIS, even as Iraqi troops launch an operation to capture what the US-led military coalition has called the terror group's "final stronghold" in Iraq. ...

The politics of helping Middle Eastern Christians

The Economist - 2017-10-27 22:52
THESE are roller-coaster days for religious minorities in the Middle East and their energetic advocates in America. From their point of view, this week has brought both dire and potentially welcome news. Bad tidings came from northern Iraq, where the sma ...

Central Command swamped by civilian casualties claims from ISIS air war

Washington Times - 2017-10-26 13:33
The U.S. Central Command oversight panel that tracks civilian casualties in the American air war against the Islamic State has been flooded with claims of civilian deaths in the wake of coalition victories in Syria and northern Iraq, U.S. officials said ...

Kurdistan subjected to evil

Washington Times - 2017-10-24 05:14
As Edmund Burke once stated, "The one thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good people to do nothing." In recent times, there has been an increased danger that Iranian hegemony over Northern Iraq will be established. Already, the city of Kirkuk ...

Iraq aims to double Kirkuk oil output capacity

KurdPress - 2017-10-21 14:03
Iraq plans to contract a foreign oil company to almost double the oil production capacity of the northern Kirkuk fields, to more than one million barrels per day, Oil Minister Jabar al-Luaibi said in a statement on Tuesday. ...

Independence vote won't be lost in vain: Barzani

KurdPress - 2017-10-21 14:03
The Kurdish vote for independence "won't be in vain", Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani said on Tuesday, reacting to Iraq's retaliation over the referendum vote held last month in the northern Iraq region. ...

U.S. urges Iraq to avoid clashes with Kurds near Kirkuk

KurdPress - 2017-10-21 14:03
The U.S. State Department on Friday urged the Baghdad government to avoid clashes in northern Iraq by limiting the movement of federal troops in disputed areas to those coordinated with the Kurdistan Regional Government. ...

A new war in Iraq, now between Shia Arabs and Kurds

The Economist - 2017-10-21 07:27
WITH its rich reserves of oil and multitude of ethnicities and religions, the city of Kirkuk was always contested. The jihadist takeover of much of northern and western Iraq in 2014 allowed the Kurds both to take over the disputed city, and pose as defen ...

Kurdistan can still be independent

Washington Times - 2017-10-20 13:48
The autonomous Kurdistan region of northern Iraq held a referendum on independence on Sept. 25. It was overwhelmingly approved. This referendum, not surprisingly however, has precipitously raised tensions not only with Iraq but also with Turkey, Syria an ...

UN Security Council Asks All Sides in Iraq to Refrain from Use of Force

BAS News - 2017-10-19 10:54
ERBIL — The United Nations Security Council on Wednesday expressed concern over recent reports of violence near the city of Kirkuk in northern Iraq. “Council members called on all sides to refrain from the threat and use of force, and to engage in constr ...

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 ...

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. ...

Watch List 2017 – Third Update

International Crisis Group - 2017-10-18 19:30
Crisis Group’s third update to our Watch List 2017 includes entries on the Northern Triangle of Central America, the Democratic Republic of Congo, post-ISIS Iraq, Myanmar’s Rohingya crisis, and Turkey’s refugee challenge. This annual early-warning report ...

Iraq’s Shia Militia Problem Always Felt a Lot Like 2007

WarIsBoring - 2017-10-18 18:48
In August 2014, Islamic State militants seemed poised to seize Amerli, a Shia Turkmen town in northern Iraq. Had they done so, there’s little question the result would have been mass slaughter—just like happened when the Islamists captured the Kurdish Yez ...

Kurdish forces pull out of Sinjar, hand control over to Iranian militias

Washington Times - 2017-10-18 13:31
Kurdish peshmerga units have withdrawn from the heavily contested area of Sinjar in northern Iraq on Tuesday, handing control over the enclave to Iranian-backed paramilitaries tied to Iraq's security forces. The Kurdish fighters reportedly left the major ...

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 […] ...

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 ...

The Latest: Iraqi forces seize oil fields in Kirkuk

Washington Times - 2017-10-17 06:35
KIRKUK, Iraq (AP) - The Latest on Iraq, where federal forces have moved into the disputed northern city of Kirkuk as Kurdish forces have pulled out (all times local): 8:10 p.m. The Pentagon is declining to blame the Iraqi government for the violence in K ...

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 ...

Iraq refuses talks with Kurdistan about independence referendum results

E-Kurd - 2017-10-14 19:35
BAGHDAD,— The Iraqi government will not hold talks with the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) about the results of the “unconstitutional” referendum on independence held on Monday in northern Iraq, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said. “We are not ...

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. ...

Iraq allows foreigners to leave Kurdistan via Baghdad

E-Kurd - 2017-10-14 19:34
BAGHDAD,— Iraq on Monday authorised foreigners stranded in Iraqi Kurdistan after an international flight ban to leave the country via Baghdad despite not having a federal visa. Foreigners who had entered the northern autonomous region on regional visas n ...

Kurdistan says Iraqi forces preparing major attack in oil-rich Kirkuk

E-Kurd - 2017-10-14 19:34
BAGHDAD,— Iraqi government forces and Iranian-trained Iraqi paramilitaries are “preparing a major attack” on Kurdish forces in the Kurdish-held oil-rich region of Kirkuk and near Mosul in northern Iraq, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) said on Wed ...

Unknown Armed Men Set Fire to Civilian Properties in Liberated Shirqat

BAS News - 2017-10-09 23:14
ERBIL — A group of unidentified armed men have recently started setting the civilian houses on fire in the newly liberated villages around Shirqat district, some 80 kilometres west of Hawija in northern Iraq, a security source said. On Monday also the un ...

Iraq cuts Kurdistan air links with outside world

The New Mail - 2017-10-05 20:32
The Iraqi government cut autonomous Kurdistan’s direct air links with the outside world indefinitely on Friday, partially isolating the northern region after it voted a massive “yes” in an independence… The post Iraq cuts Kurdistan air links with outside ...

Haider al-Abadi, Iraqi prime minister, says forces have retain Hawija

Washington Times - 2017-10-05 19:29
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's prime minister says government forces have retaken the northern town of Hawija from Islamic State extremists, one of their last strongholds in Iraq. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said in Paris on Thursday that "I want to announce t ...

Iraqi Sunnis Seeking to Establish Self-governing Region

BAS News - 2017-10-05 11:59
ERBIL — Following Kurdistan Region’s independence referendum, Sunni Arabs in central and northern provinces of Iraq are planning to organize a referendum on establishing an autonomous region for their areas. Sheikh Muzahim al-Hwet, a Sunni Arab tribal fi ...

Iraqi Troops Reache Centre of Hawija, Pushing IS Back

BAS News - 2017-10-05 00:06
ERBIL — The Iraqi armed forces have managed to further push Islamic State (IS) militants back from their positions in the centre of strategic town of Hawija, some 55 kilometres southwest of Kirkuk province in northern Iraq. According to Iraq’s state TV, ...

Netanyahu orders ministers to keep mum on Kurdish referendum

KNNC - 2017-10-01 10:20
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reportedly instructed ministers in his government to avoid speaking out about the Kurdish independence referendum that took place Monday in the Kurdish autonomous region in northern Iraq. The Times of Israel reported. ...
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