Recent News Headlines : Iraqi Kurdistan

FIGHT AGAINST ISIS: IRAQI-KURDISH STANDOFF WORRIES U.S.


Standoff is tense but violence is averted as Iraqi forces move into disputed areas held by rival Kurds... READ MORE

17th October, 2017 0

BAGHDAD IMPOSES INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT BAN ON IRAQI KURDISTAN AFTER REFERENDUM


The Kurds say the referendum acknowledges their contribution in confronting Islamic State after it overwhelmed the Iraqi army... READ MORE

17th October, 2017 13

ISIL CAPITALISES ON PESHMERGA RETREAT IN NORTHERN IRAQ


Iraqi forces also said on Tuesday they seized the Yazidi Kurdish town of Sinjar from the Peshmerga... READ MORE

17th October, 2017 1113

A DIVIDED IRAQ TESTS U.S. INFLUENCE AS FIGHT AGAINST ISLAMIC STATE WANES


After years of focusing divided Iraq on a shared fight against the Islamic State group, the United States is now straining to leverage its limited influenc... READ MORE

17th October, 2017 0

A NEW BATTLE IN IRAQ GIVES IRAN THE UPPER HAND


This is the result of disobedience of Masoud Barzani, the Iraqi fighter who was filming said, referring to the leader of Iraqi Kurdistan... READ MORE

17th October, 2017 497

KURDISH PROTESTERS ATTACK IRAQI EMBASSY IN LONDON (VIDEOS, PHOTOS)


The Iraqi PM earlier said the operation was aimed at protecting the unity of Iraq following Kurdistan's independence vote... READ MORE

16th October, 2017 128

IRAQ SEIZES KIRKUK FROM KURDISH FORCES AFTER INDEPENDENCE REFERENDUM


Iraqi forces seize Kirkuk from Kurds after independence vote... READ MORE

16th October, 2017 70

IRAQI FORCES SEIZE OIL CITY KIRKUK FROM KURDS IN BOLD ADVANCE


But an aid group working in Kirkuk said several Kurdish Peshmerga fighters and Iraqi soldiers had been killed in an overnight clash south of the city... READ MORE

16th October, 2017 2179

US MILITARY RUSHES TO DEFUSE LOOMING CRISIS IN KIRKUK AFTER IRAQI ARMY ADVANCES


Iraqi forces claim rapid progress in operation to 'impose security' on kirkuk... READ MORE

16th October, 2017 1105

BAGHDAD TO PAY HEAVY PRICE FOR DECLARING WAR


Kurdish forces call Iraqi forces' campaign in Kirkuk 'a declaration of war', as PM Abadi tells them to cooperate... READ MORE

16th October, 2017 3577

IRAQI FORCES SEIZE KIRKUK GOVERNOR'S OFFICE IN PUSH AGAINST KURDS


The rapid progress of Iraqi forces suggested that Kurdish fighters were withdrawing with little or no resistance in many areas... READ MORE

16th October, 2017 97

IRAQI FORCES SEIZE OIL CITY KIRKUK FROM KURDS IN BOLD ADVANCE


But an aid organization working in Kirkuk said several Peshmerga and members of the Iraqi forces had been killed in an overnight clash south of Kirkuk... READ MORE

16th October, 2017 3639

BAGHDAD: IRAQI FORCES IN FULL CONTROL OF KIRKUK


Iraqi forces capture governorate building in central Kirkuk with no opposition from Kurdish Peshmerga fighters... READ MORE

16th October, 2017 3523

KURDS WITHDRAW AS IRAQI FORCES PUSH INTO DISPUTED KIRKUK


He said federal forces have been deployed in the area of the K-1 military base, the Kirkuk airport and a number of oil fields and installations... READ MORE

16th October, 2017 5

IRAQI FORCES MOVE INTO CENTRE OF KIRKUK


Iraqi government forces enter disputed city of Kirkuk, residents say, weeks after Kurdish independence referendum... READ MORE

16th October, 2017 1571

KIRKUK OFFENSIVE: THOUSANDS FLEE AS IRAQI ARMY ADVANCES


Thousands of people are leaving the Iraqi city of Kirkuk as the Iraqi army advances on Kurdish military positions around the city... READ MORE

16th October, 2017 1665

IRAQ LAUNCHES MAJOR OFFENSIVE IN KURDISH-HELD KIRKUK


Iraqi government forces say they control vast areas of the Kurdish-held region of Kirkuk after a major operation aimed at taking over an airbase and... READ MORE

16th October, 2017 18

IRAQI FORCES DRIVE KURDS FROM DISPUTED AREAS NEAR KIRKUK


Iraq's Interior Ministry said in a brief statement that federal forces have taken control of a power plant, a police station and industrial areas near Kirkuk... READ MORE

16th October, 2017 223

WHAT PRICE HAVE IRAQI KURDS PAID FOR SECESSION VOTE?


On September 25, Iraqi Kurds voted in a controversial secession referendum, amid rising regional tensions and international opposition... READ MORE

16th October, 2017 1192

IRAQI KURDS SAY FEDERAL FORCES ATTACK NEAR DISPUTED KIRKUK


Iran closed its three official crossings with the Kurdish region Sunday, Kurdish media reported... READ MORE

16th October, 2017 609

1. WHY DOES THE KURDISH REGION MATTER TO OIL MARKETS?


That experience and disputes between the Kurdish government and Iraqi national authorities have kept most big oil companies away and prompted some investors to pull back... READ MORE

16th October, 2017 1299

CLASHES AFTER IRAQI FORCES ADVANCE ON KURDISH-HELD SITES


Kirkuk is not part of the autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan region... READ MORE

16th October, 2017 2551

IRAQI FORCES LAUNCH 'MAJOR' KIRKUK OPERATION


Al Jazeera's Charles Stratford, reporting from Erbil, said Kurdish forces in and around Kirkuk have vowed to defend it to the last man ... READ MORE

16th October, 2017 5610

IRAQ ACCUSES KURDS OF 'DECLARATION OF WAR' IN KIRKUK


Vahal Ali, a media assistant to Kurdistan Regional Government KRG President Masoud Barzani, denied that any PKK forces were present in Kirkuk... READ MORE

15th October, 2017 1931

IRAQ FORCES RETAKE POSITIONS FROM KURDS IN DISPUTED KIRKUK


Heavily-armed Kurdish fighters are deployed to defend themselves 'at any cost' against an Iraqi operation in Kirkuk... READ MORE

14th October, 2017 133

KURDISH AND IRAQI TROOPS IN KIRKUK STANDOFF AMID FEARS OF NEW VIOLENCE


Washington had downplayed Iraqi troop movements since Kurdish leaders first sounded the alarm early on Thursday... READ MORE

14th October, 2017 412

KURDS ON HIGH ALERT AS IRAQI FORCES MASS NEAR KIRKUK


Baghdad continues to reject decades-old Kurdish ambitions to incorporate Kirkuk and other historically Kurdish-majority areas in their autonomous region... READ MORE

13th October, 2017 5178

IRAQ PM DENIES ATTACK PLAN AS TENSIONS RISE WITH KURDS


Iraqi Kurdish forces closed the two main roads connecting Arbil and Dohuk with the northern city of Mosul for several hours, a Kurdish military official said... READ MORE

12th October, 2017 0

KURD FIGHTERS IN IRAQ BRIEFLY BLOCK ROADS TO MOSUL


Move comes after Kurdish authorities said they feared Iraqi forces were preparing to launch an assault on the region... READ MORE

12th October, 2017 40

IRAQ'S VICE PRESIDENT WARNS OF CIVIL WAR THREAT AMID KIRKUK TENSIONS


Iraq's prime minister Haidar al-Abadi demanded the Kurdish self-government annul the results and called for joint administration over Kirkuk... READ MORE

10th October, 2017 0

Trending News Headlines : Iraqi Kurdistan

MORE THAN 92% OF VOTERS IN IRAQI KURDISTAN BACK INDEPENDENCE


More than 92 percent of voters in Iraqi Kurdistan back independence... READ MORE

28th September, 2017 17845

IRAQI KURDISTAN THE FLY TO REGIONAL SPIDERS TURKEY, IRAQ, IRAN


Iran and Turkey are both part of the Astana negotiations aimed at effecting closure in Syria... READ MORE

9th October, 2017 10833

ERDOGAN, ROUHANI UNITED IN OPPOSITION TO KURDISH STATE


In the last week following the Kurdish referendum, Turkey has held joint military exercises with Iraq... READ MORE

4th October, 2017 6702

ERDOGAN WARNS OF SANCTIONS OVER KURDS' INDEPENDENCE BID


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned that his government will consider imposing sanctions on northern Iraq's semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan over its planned independence referendum... READ MORE

20th September, 2017 6587

ERDOGAN WARNS OF ARMED ACTION OVER IRAQI KURDISTAN VOTE


Iraqi Kurdish oil is exported through Turkey and its southern Ceyhan port, a key economic lifeline for the region... READ MORE

25th September, 2017 5492

IRAN AND IRAQ TO HOLD JOINT BORDER DRILLS


The Iranian and Iraqi armies will hold joint drills at several crossings on Iran's border with the autonomous Iraqi region of Kurdistan, according to officials... READ MORE

30th September, 2017 5133

TURKEY EXTENDS TROOPS' DEPLOYMENT IN IRAQ AND SYRIA


OPINION Regional implications of the Kurdish independence vote Earlier on Saturday, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim blasted the referendum as adventurism that puts Turkey at risk... READ MORE

24th September, 2017 4721

IRAQ, TURKEY FORCES IN JOINT DRILLS AFTER KURDISH VOTE


Iraq army and Turkish forces conduct joint military manoeuvres after divisive Kurdish referendum on Monday... READ MORE

26th September, 2017 4512

KURDISH SECESSION TOPS ERDOGAN'S AGENDA IN IRAN VISIT


In the last week following the Kurdish referendum, Turkey has held joint military exercises with Iraq... READ MORE

4th October, 2017 3967

ERDOGAN: KURDISH VOTE RISKS 'ETHNIC AND SECTARIAN WAR'


People in the cities of Sanandaj, Baneh and Saghez of Kurdistan province held peaceful gatherings congratulating their Iraqi fellow Kurdish-speaking people, broadcaster IRIB reported... READ MORE

26th September, 2017 3583

IRAQI KURDS SET DATE FOR INDEPENDENCE REFERENDUM


Masoud Barzani, the president of the Iraqi Kurdish Regional Government KRG, announced the vote on Twitter on Wednesday... READ MORE

8th June, 2017 3338

RECALLING A TORTURED PAST IRAQI KURDS TO VOTE ON INDEPENDENCE


Recalling a Tortured Past, Iraqi Kurds to Vote on Independence... READ MORE

24th September, 2017 3289

TURNOUT HIGH AS IRAQI KURDS DEFY THREATS TO HOLD INDEPENDENCE VOTE


Iraqi Kurdish Prime Minister Nechirvan Barxani said he hoped to maintain good relations with Turkey and the referendum was not a threat to Ankara... READ MORE

26th September, 2017 3032

IRAQI PM: KURDS MUST HAND OVER AIRPORTS OR FACE EMBARGO


Initial results in Kurdish referendum in northern Iraq show a majority supporting independence from Baghdad... READ MORE

27th September, 2017 2925

IRAQ PARLIAMENT REJECTS KURDISH INDEPENDENCE REFERENDUM


Authorities in Iraq's Kurdish region announced in June this year the decision to hold an election on independence... READ MORE

12th September, 2017 2775

IRAQ TOP COURT RULES TO SUSPEND KURDISH REFERENDUM


Iraq's top court has ordered the suspension of the Kurdistan Regional Government's KRG planned referendum on independence... READ MORE

18th September, 2017 2569

IRAQ ESCALATES DISPUTE WITH KURDS THREATENING MILITARY ACTION


All three countries have been conducting military exercises near the border of Iraqi Kurdistan this week... READ MORE

28th September, 2017 2537

FEMALE MECHANICS SPARK GENDER REVOLUTION IN IRAQ


SULAIMANI, Iraq -- Sitting under shelves decked with dozens of brightly colored bottles of motor oil, Shadi Mohammed shouts to be heard over nearby machines... READ MORE

24th July, 2017 2356

IRAQ ORDERS KURDISTAN TO SURRENDER ITS AIRPORTS


The Kurdistan Regional Government antagonized Iraq, Turkey and Iran by holding the referendum on Monday... READ MORE

26th September, 2017 2339

CAPTURED ISIS FIGHTERS REFRAIN I WAS ONLY A COOK


Among thousands of civilians fleeing to Kirkuk after an Iraqi offensive are hundreds of Islamic State fighters. Many claim they were noncombatants... READ MORE

2nd October, 2017 2336

IRAQ IMPOSES FLIGHT BAN ON KURDISH REGION AFTER POLL


Foreign airlines suspended flights to the region's Erbil and Sulaimaniya, obeying a notice from the government in Baghdad, which controls Iraqi air space... READ MORE

29th September, 2017 2109

IRAN HALTS IRAQI KURDISTAN FLIGHTS AHEAD OF REFERENDUM


Abdel Hamid said that despite the air blockade, the land border between Iran and Iraq's Kurdish region remains open... READ MORE

24th September, 2017 2063

IRAQI KURDISH LEADER SAYS 'YES' VOTE WON INDEPENDENCE REFERENDUM


Iraqi Kurdish president Masoud Barzani speaks during a news conference in Erbil, Iraq September 24, 2017... READ MORE

26th September, 2017 2054

BAGHDAD PILES PRESSURE ON IRAQI KURDS TO REVERSE OVERWHELMING INDEPENDENCE VOTE


Iran and Turkey also oppose any move toward Kurdish secession and their armies have started joint exercises near their borders with Iraqi Kurdistan in recent days... READ MORE

28th September, 2017 2053

FOR IRAQS LONG-SUFFERING KURDS, INDEPENDENCE BECKONS


And in Iraq, the onslaught of the Islamic State allowed the Kurds to claim new territory, including Kirkuk, which was abandoned by fleeing Iraqi soldiers... READ MORE

9th September, 2017 1927

IRAQI BAN ON FLIGHTS TO KURDISH CITIES BEGINS FRIDAY


Iraq's Transport Ministry ordered international airlines to halt service to Erbil, the Kurdish regional capital, and Sulaimaniyah, its second city... READ MORE

29th September, 2017 1902

IRAQ'S KURDS MIGHT PUT OFF INDEPENDENCE VOTE IN RETURN FOR CONCESSIONS FROM BAGHDAD


Baghdad stopped payments from the Iraqi federal budget to the KRG in 2014 after the Kurds began exporting oil independently from Baghdad, via a pipeline to Turkey... READ MORE

20th August, 2017 1872

IRAQ LAUNCHES OFFENSIVE TO RETAKE TAL AFAR FROM ISIL


Tal Afar and the surrounding area are among the last pockets of ISIL-held territory in Iraq, after victory was declared in Mosul, the country's second-largest city... READ MORE

20th August, 2017 1845

BARZANI TO KURDS: VOTE IN REFERENDUM TO SECURE FUTURE


Kurdish regional president vows talks after referendum, but Baghdad says it will not accept disintegration of Iraq... READ MORE

24th September, 2017 1789

IRAQI GOVERNMENT REJECTS KURDISH MOVE FOR INDEPENDENCE


The disputed areas include swaths of northern territory that are claimed by both Kurdish Iraq and Baghdad, including the key oil-rich province of Kirkuk... READ MORE

9th June, 2017 1763


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