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Iraqi Kurds Renounce Secession Claims – Will Remain Part of Iraq

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Alliance between Iraqi Kurds and Shiites in tatters

The New Mail - 2017-11-22 03:45
The four-decade alliance between Iraqi Kurds and Shiites was thrown into doubt on Monday as Baghdad moved to further consolidate its grip on northern Iraq. The Federal Supreme Court ruled… The post Alliance between Iraqi Kurds and Shiites in tatters appe ...

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 ...

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 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. ...

KDP’s secretary: we will join elections serving Syrian North people

ANHA - 2017-11-14 12:56
The secretary of Kurdish Democratic Party (the Party) in Syria and the member of Kurdish National Coalition’s presidency Neser al-Din Ibrahim said that they are a part of Democratic North-Syria Federation, and they will join the elections that are suppose ...

Abadi Planning to Sack Dozens of Kurdish Ambassadors

BAS News - 2017-11-09 03:08
BAGHDAD — Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is reconsidering the structure of foreign ministry, as part of which nearly 40 ambassadors will be dismissed, a lawmaker from the Shi’ite Arab State of Law Coalition said. Most of the ambassadors whom are be ...

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. ...

Leader of Iraqi Kurds Faces Backlash Over Referendum

The Wall Street Journal - 2017-10-25 13:48
A referendum that Iraqi Kurds hoped would advance their quest for independence has instead dashed that dream for now and raised pressure on the longtime U.S. ally who heads their semiautonomous region to step aside. ...

US Senator Ted Cruz Backs Kurds Against Baghdad’s Attack on Kirkuk

BAS News - 2017-10-19 22:00
ERBIL — US Senator Ted Cruz has warned the Iraqi central government under the leadership of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi over taking “hostile actions” against Kurds. “Prime Minister Abadi and the Government of Iraq must maintain its focus on defeating ...

Iraqi Kurds' dream of independence seems more elusive than ever

Los Angeles Times - 2017-10-18 12:55
The establishment of an independent Kurdistan — a decades-old dream for many people here — was starting to take shape. In a nonbinding referendum held by the Kurds three weeks ago, more than 92% of voters favored breaking away from Iraq. But on Tuesday, ...