Referendum

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 […]

Tensions are flaring as rumors of a possible attack by Iraqi forces on Kurdistan spread on Wednesday evening. Former Iraqi Minister Hoshyar Zebari confirmed there were “abnormal movements” by the Shiite Hashd al-Shaabi group near Peshmerga held areas. However, the Kurdish leadership has not sound the alarm yet and urged people to remain calm as […]

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has rejected any calls for negotiation, mediation, or initiative with Erbil that includes discussing the Kurdistan referendum without first cancelling the results. During his weekly press conference, Abadi said any talks with the Kurdistan Region must respect three conditions that are not up for negotiation: the unity of Iraq, the […]

Opposition unites as Turkish President Erdogan met with his Iranian counterpart, President Rouhani, yesterday and announced they will not accept changing the borders in the region. They warned they would isolate the Kurdistan Region, the same day Baghdad confirmed it would no longer sell dollars to four Kurdish-owned banks. Nevertheless, Iraqi and Peshmerga Forces are […]

Kurdistan continues to mourn the loss of Jalal Talabani who died yesterday at the age of 83. In a televised speech, President Masoud Barzani declared one week of mourning across the Kurdistan Region for the former Iraqi President. Mam Jalal is survived by his wife Hero Talabani and his sons, Qubad and Bafel. Our heartfelt […]

September has been the deadliest month in Syria’s civil war so far this year according the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR). More than 3,300 people are said to have died in September, including 995 civilians. Of those civilian deaths, it is said about 70% were caused by Russian, Syrian government, or coalition air […]

The Kurdistan parliament, in a unanimous vote on Saturday, rejected the Iraqi government and parliament’s rulings it issued in response to the Kurdistan independence referendum, describing the decrees as illegal and saying the referendum was held in agreement with the Iraqi constitution. The parliament also said the general commander of the Peshmerga forces had full […]

Better check your tickets. The Government of Iraq has confirmed it will move ahead with its international flight ban over the Kurdistan Region on Friday. Baghdad has demanded the Kurdistan Region hand over control of the airports and borders. In response, the KRG has said it prepared to talk, including allowing members of the Iraqi […]

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 […]


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