Kirkuk

  Unidentified gunmen on Sunday kidnapped an employee of the state-owned North Oil Company (NOC) in Kirkuk. The gunmen, driving a car with no license plate, kidnapped a young employee of NOC in Asra/Mafqudeen neighborhood, south of Kirkuk. A few days ago, four employees of the same company were reported kidnapped, but local authorities claimed […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The international anti-ISIS coalition has declared the events in Kirkuk were meant to be a coordinated handover of control, but that ended with one incident that resulted from a “miscommunication.” This situation, for most, still remains unclear. Meanwhile, Four Turkish soldiers were killed in northern Iraq in two separate attacks blamed on the PKK on […]

Sad day across the region as people are still reeling from a conflict that saw hundreds of thousands displaced from the city of Kirkuk and a number of people killed in clashes as Iraqi forces took control of the disputed area. The Hashd al-Shaabi also took control of Sinjar this morning and were in Makhmour […]

 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 […]

Light fighting has erupted between Peshmerga forces and Hashd al-Shaabi overnight in Kirkuk, leading to an unconfirmed amount of deaths. Tensions are high as shots have also been fired within the multi-ethnic city of Kirkuk. All sides are calling for calm and restraint. Crisis talks on Sunday failed to resolve the standoff as Kurdish leaders […]

No clashes yet as tensions between the Iraqi forces and Iranian backed Hashd al-Shaabi and the Kurdish Peshmerga in Kirkuk keep escalating. Despite rumors of an imminent attack by the Iraqi security forces on the Kurdish forces in the southern province of Kirkuk, thousands of volunteers have gone to the front lines in case war […]

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 […]


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