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UK supports constitutional rights of Kurdistan

Waar Media - 2017-11-20 14:54
WAAR-DUHOK: The newly appointed UK Ambassador to Iraq arrived in Erbil and discussed bilateral relations and tensions between Erbil and Baghdad with Kurdistan Region officials. On Sunday, Jon Wilks, newly appointed UK Ambassador in Baghdad visited Erbil ...

Talks Between Erbil, Baghdad ‘Going Well’: Canada DM

BAS News - 2017-11-20 11:59
ERBIL — Canadian Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan stated that there is no timeline to resume the mission of the Canadian military personnel in the Kurdistan Region due to Erbil-Baghdad tensions. Talks between the Iraqi government and representatives of the ...

Iraqi forces enter Kirkuk city as Kurdish peshmerga fighters withdrew

E-Kurd - 2017-11-18 13:24
KIRKUK,— Iraqi army and Shiite forces entered Kirkuk and take full control of the mixed city on Monday following soaring tensions over an independence referendum. Shia militia, known as Hashid al-Shaabi, clashed with some armed residents who vowed to fig ...

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 ...

Lebanon in the Crosshairs

International Crisis Group - 2017-11-16 19:15
Lebanon is caught between Iran and Saudi Arabia as regional tensions rise following the resignation of Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri on 4 November. In this video from Beirut, Crisis Group's Project Director for Lebanon, Syria and Iraq Heiko Wimmen ...

Kurdistan Expects Greater US Role to Ease Tension with Baghdad: Envoy

BAS News - 2017-11-11 10:04
Kurdistan Regional Government’s Representative to the US, Bayan Sami Abdulrahman, has explained the current relations between Washington and Erbil as tensions between Kurdistan and Iraq growing. The Kurds, since Baghdad’s incursion in Kirkuk, have been c ...

Barzani: US Knew About Baghdad’s Plan to Attack Kirkuk

BAS News - 2017-11-08 03:32
We should have held the referendum earlier, Barzani said. In his latest interview with Newsweek, President Barzani discusses his views on the recent political and military developments in the region, especially the tensions between Baghdad and Erbil afte ...

No Arab IDPs Expelled from Erbil: Security Source

BAS News - 2017-11-07 20:16
ERBIL — Directorate of Security Affairs in Kurdistan Region’s capital, Erbil, has rejected the reports claiming that Arab IDPs have been expelled from the region as tensions between Erbil and Baghdad escalate. “Some media channels have reported that Arab ...

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 ...

Kurdistan Never Favours Violence: PM

BAS News - 2017-11-01 01:00
ERBIL — The Prime Minister of Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), Nechirvan Barzani, has reiterated that Erbil has always been against aggression and violent actions with Baghdad, and the recent tensions could have been prevented with talks. The Iraqi g ...

Canada Suspends Military Assistance to Iraq

BAS News - 2017-10-28 01:22
ERBIL ― Canadian government has decided to halt its military assistance and trainings to Iraqi forces for the growing tensions between Baghdad and Erbil. In a brief statement on Friday, a senior official at National Defence headquarters confirmed the rep ...

Turkey’s Growing Refugee Challenge – Rising Social Tensions

International Crisis Group - 2017-10-27 11:05
The Syrian civil war has exposed Turkey to an unprecedented influx of refugees, totaling more than 3.2 million since the start of the crisis. While the backlash has been less serious than anticipated, violence against refugees and asylum seekers is on th ...

US general: Iraqi tensions divert resources from IS fight

FOX News - 2017-10-26 21:24
The top U.S. general in Iraq says the fallout from last month's Kurdish vote for independence is diverting resources away from the war on the Islamic State group just as the coalition is on the verge of defeating the extremists. ...

US general: Iraqi tensions divert resources from IS fight

Washington Post - 2017-10-26 18:37
The top U.S. general in Iraq says the fallout from last month’s Kurdish vote for independence is diverting resources away from the war on the Islamic State group just as the coalition is on the verge of defeating the extremists. ...

Iran reopens border crossing with Iraqi Kurdistan amid independence row

The New Mail - 2017-10-26 10:06
Iran has reopened its major border crossing with Iraqi Kurdistan for travel and trade amid tensions over an independence referendum last month, the Iranian consulate in Erbil announced. The crossing… The post Iran reopens border crossing with Iraqi Kurdi ...

KDP and PUK Meet over Recent Crisis

BAS News - 2017-10-25 21:05
ERBIL — The politburos of Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) met on Wednesday to discuss the recent tensions with Baghdad and a way out of the crisis. According to a press release issued after the meeting, the two maj ...

KRG Ready to Freeze Results of Referendum to Prevent Further Bloodshed

BAS News - 2017-10-25 01:47
ERBIL — The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has proposed new initiatives to end the growing political and military tensions between Erbil and Baghdad, one of which is freezing the results of September’s independence referendum, the KRG said late on T ...

UNAMI Urges De-escalation of Baghdad-Erbil Tensions

BAS News - 2017-10-25 00:54
BAGHDAD (UNAMI) — The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) has expressed concern over the political and military tensions between Erbil and Baghdad, calling on the sides to de-escalate the conflict and end public inflammatory statements. “T ...

Tillerson makes surprise visit to Iraq

CNN - 2017-10-24 23:27
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's surprise visit to Iraq will have one particular focus: calming tensions between Baghdad and the Kurds in order to keep both parties focused on Washington's core priority: the war against ISIS. ...

Rift Growing Between Iranian-backed Shi’ite Militias and Iraqi Army

BAS News - 2017-10-24 18:11
DUHOK — After several defeated assaults on Tuesday at the hand of Kurdistan Region’s Peshmerga forces, tensions are reportedly escalating between the Iraqi army and Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi, which is mainly under the influence of Tehran. Peshm ...

US Secretary of State Visits Baghdad

BAS News - 2017-10-23 21:31
ERBIL — US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrived on Monday in the Iraqi capital to meet with top officials and expectedly discuss the recent military tensions between Erbil and Baghdad, for which the Iraqi government is accused of allowing Iranian for ...

French President Makes Phone Calls with Barzani, Abadi

BAS News - 2017-10-20 17:18
ERBIL — French President Emmanuel Macron revealed on Friday that he had talked to Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani and Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Aabdi to discuss the military tensions in the Kurdish province of Kirkuk. Macron told reporters ...

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 ...

Hashd al-Shaabi Open Fire at Civilians in Kirkuk, Injure One

BAS News - 2017-10-20 00:37
KIRKUK — The Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi wounded overnight Thursday a Kurdish youth in Kirkuk after tensions erupted with civilians. The injured young man is is identified as Sattar Namiq. He was among a group of civilians who had stood up agains ...

Baghdad Court Issues Arrest Warrant for Kurdistan VP Kosrat Rasul

BAS News - 2017-10-19 13:46
ERBIL — As the tensions between the Kurdistan Region and Iraqi central government escalate, a court in Baghdad issued on Thursday an arrest warrant for top PUK official and Kurdistan VP Kosrat Rasul. The central government in Baghdad has issued the warra ...

Iraqi forces retake Kirkuk from Kurdish control

Washington Times - 2017-10-17 06:35
Long-simmering tensions between Baghdad and Iraqi Kurdistan broke out into open warfare Monday as Iraqi troops and Shiite paramilitaries recaptured the oil-rich northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk from Kurdish control. Iraqi military and militia forces began t ...

Tensions high as Iraqi forces near Kirkuk

CNN - 2017-10-16 18:01
Iraqi forces are approaching the Kurdish-controlled city of Kirkuk, with Iraq's Prime Minister calling on residents in the oil-rich city to cooperate with its security forces. ...
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