Erbil

 Background info: Thousands of PMF and Iranian-backed Shia-Militias, the latter lead by a top Iranian commander, are turning US heavy weaponry on the Kurds. Following the free and fair democratic referendum for Kurdish independence , authoritarian regimes in Iraq, Turkey, Iran, and Syria imposed blockades, embargoes and closed the airspace, hampering efforts to support some […]

The wonderful ladies of TedXNishtiman joined the Breakfast Club this morning to talk about the exciting Women’s Event happening on November 3. Mirna and Susakan talked about issues that women face in Kurdistan and introduced three of the presenters who will discuss other challenges. Check out the interview below and go sign up for the event […]

President Masoud Barzani has claimed the victory for ‘yes’ vote in the independence referendum as he delivered a televised speech to the nation. He called on Baghdad and neighboring countries to respect the will of millions of people who voted yes on Monday. Addressing Baghdad, he said, “There is no need to be angry and issue […]

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 […]

The Islamic State (ISIS) has created another state in the Hamrin area in the Kurdistan Region, according to Peshmerga intelligence. Peshmerga commanders say ISIS has gathered a large number of militants in the area, mlitants who escaped from Mosul following the offensive and came to the Hamrin area to create a new state allegedly named […]

Did you hear the explosion yesterday in Erbil? Officials confirmed the blast on Saturday was not an attack but simply an accident. Three Peshmerga soldiers were lightly wounded in a blast at the Zeravani Peshmerga building on 60m. One of the generator at the Zeravani Peshmerga office caught on fire which then spread to an […]

The countdown for Tal Afar begins. Iraq’s Hashd al-Shaabi forces have liberated over a dozen villages from the Islamic State near Tal Afar as an offensive to free the city approaches. An official statement on the Shia militia’s website on Tuesday announced the fighters had taken full control over 17 villages on the southeastern outskirts […]

Abadi over Kurdistan, it seems. Hoshyar Zebari, a member of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and member of the Kurdistan Referendum High Council has said the United States has asked the Kurdistan Region to postpone the referendum on independence scheduled for Sep. 25 to help Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to secure a second term […]

It’s not Middle East drama, this time it’s Pacific. The US has said it will use its “considerable military forces” on North Korea “if we must”, following Tuesday’s long-range missile test. US ambassador Nikki Haley said a new resolution will also be tabled against Pyongyang at the United Nations. Meanwhile in Iraq, unlike the Gulf […]


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