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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” […]

Referendum update: The Kirkuk Provincial Council (KPC) held a special session on Tuesday and with a majority vote, has chosen to participate in the upcoming referendum on independence for Kurdistan scheduled for Sep. 25. Out of 41 members in total, 26 of them attended the session. Two members abstained, and 24 voted in favor of […]

Tragedy in Baghdad as a car bomb went off near the busy Jamila wholesale market in Baghdad’s Shiite district of Sadr City Monday morning killing 12 people and wounding at least 28 others. ISIS claimed responsibility for the bombing in an online statement. A medical official confirmed the casualties, saying the death toll was expected […]

A Turkish football fan went wild as he attacked Kurdish footballer Deniz Naki during a game Saturday night. In the first half of the match played in Mersin, as Naki was preparing to shoot a free kick, a fan made his way from the stands onto the pitch and assaulted the Kurdish midfielder from behind. […]

Some of you might have heard or felt the blast last night as an explosion occurred at a Peshmerga weapons depot in Erbil. Officials confirmed the explosion was not terror related and that there were no casualties in the blast. The fire, which was quite large, was quickly put out. Meanwhile, ISIS is on the […]

The Turkish foreign minister who met with President Masoud Barzani on Wednesday ruled out that Turkey intends to impose blockade on Kurdistan Region in response to the referendum. He was also quoted as saying Turkey is prepared to take part in international efforts to resolve outstanding issues between Erbil and Baghdad. The Kurdistan Referendum Council also […]


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