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Iraq threatens flight ban after Kurdish independence vote

Iraq threatens flight ban after Kurdish independence vote

Washington Times - 2017-09-26 21:57
IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — Iraq's prime minister on Tuesday ordered the northern Kurdish region to hand over control of its airports to federal authorities or face a flight ban, signaling a tough response to a landmark Kurdish independence referendum held the da ...
Iraq threatens flight ban after Kurdish independence vote - Washington Times

Turkey: Iraqi Kurdish vote caused 'devastation'

Washington Times - 2017-10-26 21:13
BAGHDAD (AP) — Turkey's prime minister says the semi-autonomous Iraqi Kurdish region's offer to freeze the results of the referendum on independence won't redress the "devastation" the vote has caused in Iraq. Prime Minister Binali Yildirim spoke on Thur ...

After all but defeating the jihadists, Iraq’s army turns on the Kurds

The Economist - 2017-10-21 07:27
WHEN a leader loses half his realm and his government’s main source of revenue and shatters his people’s dreams of independence, all in a couple of days, an apology might seem in order. But Masoud Barzani, the president of Iraq’s Kurdistan region, is not ...

Iraq parliament votes to halt financial transactions with Kurdistan

E-Kurd - 2017-10-14 19:34
BAGHDAD,— Iraq’s parliament voted on Tuesday on “a formula to halt financial transactions” with the Kurdistan region, in retaliation for last week’s independence referendum, Iraqi State TV said, without specifying if vote was binding on the government. T ...

Iraq’s central bank eases financial restrictions on Kurdistan region

E-Kurd - 2017-10-14 19:34
BAGHDAD,— Iraq’s central bank on Wednesday eased financial restrictions imposed on the Kurdistan region over its independence vote after receiving a pledge of cooperation from Kurdish banks, an Iraqi banking source said. All but four Kurdish-owned banks ...

Last flight departs as Iraq imposes ban for Kurdish independence vote

Reuters - 2017-09-30 03:52
ERBIL, Iraq/ANKARA (Reuters) - The last international flight left Erbil airport on Friday as the Baghdad government imposed an air ban on Iraqi Kurdistan in retaliation for an independence vote that has drawn widespread opposition from foreign powers. ...

Iraq Imposes Flight Ban on Kurds After Independence Vote

The Wall Street Journal - 2017-09-30 01:28
Iraq imposed a flight ban on its semiautonomous Kurdish region on Friday, retaliating against a landmark referendum this week in which the Kurds voted overwhelmingly to secede from the rest of the country. ...

Kurdish independence vote defended by Iraqi minister

Washington Times - 2017-09-28 04:54
Falah Mustafa Bakir heads the Department of Foreign Relations of the Kurdistan Regional Government. He spoke with Washington Times special correspondent Seth J. Frantzman the day after Sunday's vote on why the region's nonbinding independence referendum ...

Iraqi Kurdish leader says 'yes' vote won independence referendum

Reuters - 2017-09-27 03:22
BAGHDAD/ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani said on Tuesday that Kurds had voted "yes" to independence in a referendum held in defiance of the government in Baghdad and which had angered their neighbors and their U.S. allies. ...

Yezidis Celebrate After Historic Independence Vote

BAS News - 2017-09-26 16:58
ERBIL— The Yezidi community will celebrate the "success" of the independence vote of the Kurdistan Region in a public ceremony on Tuesday evening, said a Yezidi official. Famous singers are invited to entertain the population from Sinjar and its vicinity ...

Prime Minister Barzani meets Italian Ambassador to Iraq

KRG-Spain - 2017-09-22 00:03
Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (cabinet.gov.krd) – Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani received Marco Carnelos, Italian Ambassador to Iraq, accompanied by a military and diplomatic delegation. The two sides discussed the military situation in the region, coor ...

Iraq's top court suspends Kurdish region's independence vote

FOX News - 2017-09-19 04:14
Iraq's top court on Monday temporarily suspended the northern Kurdish region's referendum on independence that's due next week, a decision that put further pressure on the Iraqi Kurds to call off the controversial vote. ...

Turkish Ministry warns KRG of paying a price in case referendum held

Waar Media - 2017-09-14 15:43
WAAR-DUHOK: Turkish warned Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) of paying a price for insisting on holding an independence referendum on Sept. 25, in a foreign ministry statement on Thursday. The statement, which welcomed Iraqi parliament vote that reject ...

Iraqi PM declares Nineveh province fully liberated from Islamic State

E-Kurd - 2017-09-05 14:01
BAGHDAD,— Iraq’s prime minister on Thursday declared the town of Tal Afar “fully liberated” from the Islamic State group after a nearly two-week operation, the latest blow to the extremist group which ran nearly a third of the country three years ago. Ir ...