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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 […]

Baghdad trouble brewing as influential Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr’s supporters vowed to hold a million-man march to storm the Iraqi Parliament “again” if the term of the elections commission was extended. In a statement on Monday, the Central Revolution Committee affiliated to Sadr warned the Independent High Electoral Commission’s (IHEC) they had one more chance […]

More travel headaches coming. The United States has suspended all non-immigrant visa services in Turkey due to security concerns after Ankara arrested a Turkish national employed by the US consulate. Turkey quickly retaliated with a similar move, by suspending in-passport visas as well as e-visas and visas issued at the borders for American passport holders. […]

There might be light at the end of the tunnel already. The Kurdistan Region President and two of Iraq’s Vice-Presidents on Saturday agreed on holding talks to resolve the issues between Baghdad and Erbil. President Masoud Barzani met with VPs Ayad Allawi and Osama al-Nujaifi in Sulaimani on Saturday where they had gathered to attend […]

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 […]

The Islamic State’s days are counted. The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces say they have driven ISIS militants out of 80% of the northern Syrian city of Raqqa. The SDF announced that its three-month-old assault was now in its “final stages”. Meanwhile in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region, the operation to retake Hawija has begun today. […]

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 […]

A Turkish football fan went wild as he attacked Kurdish footballer Deniz Naki during a game Saturday night. In the first half of the match played in Mersin, as Naki was preparing to shoot a free kick, a fan made his way from the stands onto the pitch and assaulted the Kurdish midfielder from behind. […]

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 Iraqi Higher Judicial Council said a criminal court in Nineveh has sentenced four militants of the Islamic State (ISIS) to death. The council’s spokesman on Sunday said they were sentenced for carrying out “terror acts.” One of the militants was responsible for recruiting fighters for the group before capturing Mosul and The other three […]


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