Crowds of mourners paid their respects to a volunteer who was killed delivering aid to earthquake victims. Abubakr Maroufi was driving a vanload of aid to earthquake victims in Sarpol-e Zahab when he died in a car accident. His death has sparked protests by people accusing the Iranian government of failing to help those affected by […]

Former Vice-President of the Kurdistan Region and current acting head of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), Kosrat Rasul flew to Berlin on Wednesday to receive proper treatment after recently being hospitalized in Sulaimani Province. Rasul, along with his wife traveled via the Ibrahim Khalil Border Crossing to Turkey and then flew to Berlin. He […]

As the death toll continues to rise after Sunday’s major earthquake, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has vowed to “find the culprits” responsible for buildings collapsing. He suggested that government-built buildings had collapsed while privately-built ones remained standing. The Iraqi government, for its part, has approved additional funds to support areas affected by Sunday night’s quake. […]

Sunday’s earthquake was the deadliest of 2017 as more than 400 people were killed and over 7000 injured. A huge rescue effort is under way after the powerful quake struck Iran’s mountainous border with Iraq. The Kurdish areas who were most affected are already among some of the poorest in Iran. Entire buildings in Derbandikhan […]

A 7.3-magnitude earthquake has rattled the northern border region between Iran and Iraq, killing at least 135 people and injuring hundreds more. At least 129 people died in western Iran’s Kermanshah province. Six more were reported dead in Iraq. The death toll is likely to rise. The earthquake sparked panic, with fears of aftershocks sending […]

Iraqi forces launched an offensive on Saturday to retake the last pocket of territory in the country still held by the Islamic State group. The Euphrates valley town of Rawa and nearby villages were bypassed by government troops and allied militia when they retook the Syrian border town of Al-Qaim last week. However, ISIS jihadists […]

Start saving your dollars as the Central Bank of Iraq has called on all Iraqi banks in the country to halt their operations in the Kurdistan Region indefinitely. Any bank that disobeys will no longer receive foreign currency transfers from the central bank. The move is seen as part of the punitive measures taken by […]

Influential Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr yesterday ordered his brigade to shut down their offices in Kirkuk and withdraw their forces within three days. Saraya al-Salam, or Peace Brigade was sent to Kirkuk by the Baghdad-based cleric during the October 16 assault. The order to withdraw  came two days after twin bombings targeted Shia militia offices in […]

Still no resolution in sight as the KRG’s Minister of Peshmerga warned on Monday that Iraqi forces and Hashd al-Shaabi continue military buildup close to the Peshmerga frontlines. A delegation of Peshmerga commanders met with the US-led Coalition to discuss military cooperation and the ongoing situation between Peshmerga and the Iraqi forces. The KRG once again asked Baghdad […]

Shock in Kirkuk as two explosions ripped through the city on Sunday, killing five people and wounding 10 others. The first explosion was a suicide bomber targeting a government building in the city’s Atlas neighborhood. The second explosion targeted the Hashd al-Shaabi currently based inside an old KDP office in the city. It’s the first […]


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