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The Islamic State’s days are counted. The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces say they have driven ISIS militants out of 80% of the northern Syrian city of Raqqa. The SDF announced that its three-month-old assault was now in its “final stages”. Meanwhile in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region, the operation to retake Hawija has begun today. […]

The end is near. Iraqi forces have launched an operation to recapture the last stronghold of so-called Islamic State in the country’s western desert. The Iraqi army, Anbar provincial police and Sunni Arab tribal fighters began moving on the town of Anah near the border with Syria on Tuesday. Coalition airstrikes were conducted in the […]

Festivities gone wrong. One person has died after shots were fired during a pro-referendum event in Kirkuk on Monday evening. Shots were reportedly fired at people riding motorcycles and flying Kurdistan flags, raising security concerns. Despite that, the Kurdistan elections commission has announced Peshmerga fighters, security forces, and others will vote with the rest of the […]

Iran threatens to close its borders and withdraw its diplomatic mission in Erbil should the Kurdistan Region proceed with the referendum. Supreme National Security Council explained that the relationship between Tehran and Erbil only exists as part of a united Iraq. The Kurdistan Region’s High Council for the Independence Referendum on Sunday however announced the […]

An explosion in Kirkuk shocked the city last night. A car bomb exploded in Kirkuk’s al-Adan neighborhood on Saturday evening, killing at least two people and wounding 10 others. It went off on the main Kirkuk-Baghdad road and security forces cordoned off the area out of fear there might be another rigged vehicle. Meanwhile, Iraqi PM […]

Just a little longer. The opening session for the Kurdistan Region Parliament has been delayed until Friday. The political parties have agreed to hold the session tomorrow at 7 PM local time in accordance with Article 20 of the Parliament’s law which states lawmakers should be informed two days before holding a session of parliament. […]

Some good news out of Erbil last night as it seems Gorran has agreed in principle to reactivate the parliament after a historic trilateral meeting with the KDP and PUK on Tuesday. The three parties will have one more meeting this week to finalize a deal. On their end however, the Iraqi Parliament voted against […]

The Kurdistan Region’s independence referendum will not be delayed according to President Masoud Barzani, who reiterated the point in his meeting with UN Secretary General Jan Kubis. As the vote approaches, campaigns are mounting. A joint KDP PUK delegation will also meet with Gorran and the Kurdistan Islamic Group (KIG) in Erbil today to discuss […]

Parliament is back! The Kurdistan Region’s High Council for the Independence Referendum approved several decisions in a meeting on Sunday, including the reactivation of the Kurdistan Regional Government’s Parliament. The Parliament is set to resume on September 14 after a two-year stalemate between opposing parties. Gorran however was not in the meeting and the parties […]

Yes or No for independence? on both sides of the referendum question have been campaigning this week, with rallies being held across Kurdistan.  Over the weekend, thousands of people gathered in Eskan street in support of the Yes vote, while hundreds gathered on Saturday in Sulaimani’s main stadium in support of the “No for Now” […]


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