Kurdistan

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The Iraqi Parliament on Monday voted to ban Kurdish engineering company Kar Group from operating oilfields in Kirkuk as a crackdown on the Kurdistan Region continues following the independence referendum held last September. The vote came after lawmakers in the Iraqi Parliament claimed the Kurdish firm “refused to cooperate” with Iraq’s state-run North Oil Company […]

The head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards has declared the defeat of the “sedition” in the country, referring to a wave of anti-government protests. Maj Gen Mohammad Ali Jafari made the announcement as tens of thousands of people attended pro-government rallies called to counter the unrest. It began last Thursday in the city of Mashhad and […]

Iranian officials have threatened a stronger crackdown as protests have now raged for a week and pro-government organizers plan their own rally. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei blamed Iran’s “enemies” for the cause of at least 22 deaths reported along with hundreds arrested in Tehran. Iran accused the US of being behind the wave of violent […]

The Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC) released footage yesterday confirming the military build-up of Iraqi and Shia Hashd al-Shaabi forces southwest of Erbil. They claim the Iraqi military buildup in and around Makhmour has continued for over a week and showed armored vehicles and Humvees being deployed. The Security Council warned earlier this week that […]

Protests are becoming a real concern as more erupted protests in the Kurdistan Region and culminated in the arrests of the New Generation Movement’s leader Shaswar Abdulwahid in Sulaimani on Tuesday. Demonstrations turned violent again in cities across the Sulaimani and Halabja provinces. Kurdistan’s public prosecutor accused him of inciting violence. Meanwhile, fighting erupted on […]

Fears of instability are high as casualties were reported after protests over lack of basic services and delayed and reduced salaries turned violent yesterday. The protests in cities across Sulaimani and Halabja provinces turned violent when demonstrators clashed with riot police and security forces in several cities on Monday. The KRG said that while the […]

Kurdish Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani and his deputy, Qubad Talabani, arrived in Berlin yesterday ahead of meetings with German officials, including Chancellor Angela Merkel, today. The visit is at the invitation of the German Government and is the second foreign tour, after France, since relations between the Iraqi and Kurdish governments reached an all-time low […]

Violence continues to escalate as three Palestinians have died in Gaza during clashes with Israeli troops near the border. More than 100 were hurt in Gaza and the occupied West Bank amid fresh protests over Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. In the West Bank, an Israeli policeman was wounded in a Palestinian […]

Dozens of humanitarian organizations on Wednesday sent a request to Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to lift the international flight ban on airports in the Kurdistan Region. Seventy-seven aid organizations signed a statement addressed to the Government of Iraq, and to Prime Minister Abadi. The statement called on the Iraqi government to lift the flight […]

A bomb attack has targeted a Kurdish refugee camp in Makhmur, southwest of Erbil, on Wednesday evening. The explosion damaged parts of the camp and resulted in a “large number” of casualties according to the mayor of Makhmur. Three people have been killed and seven injured, according to initial reports. Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia has condemned […]


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