Syria

Kurdish forces have announced they are entering a new phase in northern Deir ez-Zor province after the military defeat of ISIS and asked for coalition and Russian backing as they work to maintain peace in the liberated areas. The YPG are the dominant force within the US-led coalition-backed SDF that were battling ISIS in northern Deir […]

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has ordered compensation for the people affected by the strong earthquake that hit parts of the Kurdistan Region on November 12. The directive was based on a report prepared by an Iraqi committee who visited areas affected by the earthquake in the provinces of Sulaimani and Diyala. Funds will be […]

Another period of uncertainty to come as the US is to stop supplying arms to the Syrian Kurdish militia the YPG. According to Turkey’s Foreign Minister, President Donald Trump had made the promise in a phone call to his Turkish counterpart, President Erdogan. The White House said it was making “adjustments” to its support for […]

  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 […]

Iraqi forces launched an offensive on Saturday to retake the last pocket of territory in the country still held by the Islamic State group. The Euphrates valley town of Rawa and nearby villages were bypassed by government troops and allied militia when they retook the Syrian border town of Al-Qaim last week. However, ISIS jihadists […]

Start saving your dollars as the Central Bank of Iraq has called on all Iraqi banks in the country to halt their operations in the Kurdistan Region indefinitely. Any bank that disobeys will no longer receive foreign currency transfers from the central bank. The move is seen as part of the punitive measures taken 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 […]

Seems the dust storm sweeping Iraq and the Kurdistan Region may have prevented clashes from restarting as a 24-hour ceasefire signed between the Kurdish forces and Iraqi military over the weekend came to an end yesterday. Iraqi and Kurdish military officials met on Saturday and it is believed an agreement has been reached. Details are […]

Things might be evolving as US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrived in Baghdad yesterday on a surprise visit for talks with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and President Fuad Masum. Tillerson on Sunday had said Iranian fighters and militias must leave Iraq for the country to rebuild. In response, Abadi defended the Iranian-backed militias […]


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