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Turkey’s attack on Syrian Kurds could overturn the entire region

The new front is not just a local conflict: it could lead to a broader Kurdish revolt that redraws the map. The west must finally decide what it wants to achieve in the Middle East or other players will benefit<p>In whichever state they live, the Kurds endure a perilous existence. In Iran, the Kurdish …

Middle East

Twilight of the Kurds

A Syrian girl waves a Kurdish flag in support of the independence referendum in Iraq in Qamishli, Syria, on Sept. 25, 2017. (Delil …

Middle East

How ISIS Changed the Yezidi Religion

Those who went into exile have creatively adapted their rituals. Those who stayed have been just as innovative.<p>BEHZANE, IRAQ—On a recent Friday afternoon, Yezidi musicians led a procession of worshipers toward a newly rebuilt temple on a hillside in northern Iraq. Women burned incense and the …

Islam

‘Somebody had to tell these stories’: An Iraqi woman’s ordeal as an ISIS sex slave

LONDON — Islamic State militants have lost the last of their strongholds, but for Yazidi survivor Nadia Murad, a new battle is just beginning.<p>Three years after escaping militants in northern Iraq, Murad is unveiling a harrowing memoir, "The Last Girl," about her ordeal as a sex slave.<p>Murad's …

Human Rights

Internal Divides Behind the Kurdistan Referendum

On September 25, Iraqi Kurds voted in a referendum on independence. According to the Kurdistan Independent High Electoral and Referendum Commission …

Middle East

Iran wary of Trump’s plans in Iraqi Kurdistan

More than two weeks after the Sept. 25 independence referendum in Iraqi Kurdistan, Iran has yet to take any meaningful action against the Kurdish …

Iraq conflict: Peshmerga 'deadline to leave Kirkuk' passes

<b>A deadline allegedly set by Iraq's central government for Kurdish fighters to withdraw from key sites in the disputed city of Kirkuk has passed.</b><p>Kurdish security officials said the deadline had been set for early on Sunday but Iraqi authorities denied it.<p>Some reports now suggest the deadline has …

Middle East

Iraqi, Kurd forces in Kirkuk standoff as tensions rise

Tensions have been on the rise since Kurds held a referendum on secession last month, which Iraq called illegal.<p>Thousands of Iraqi soldiers and allied militia are locked in an armed standoff with Kurdish forces in the disputed oil province of Kirkuk amid a sharp row between Baghdad and the …

Tension grips Iraqi Kurdish region post-referendum

The spokesman of Iraq's state-sanctioned paramilitaries has issued a stern warning to Masoud Barzani while saying his fighters have no immediate plans to take military action against the Kurdish leader.<p>Karim al-Nouri, spokesman for the Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF), has accused the president of …

Middle East

Kurds on high alert as Iraqi forces mass near Kirkuk

The Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) has deployed thousands of troops around the disputed oil city of Kirkuk for fear of an attack by Iraqi government army and militia, a senior official said.<p>"Thousands of heavily armed peshmerga units are now completely in their positions around Kirkuk," a top …

Middle East

Iraq seeks to take control of Kurdistan mobile phone operators

BAGHDAD,— The Iraqi government will seek to impose control over Kurdistan-based mobile phone operators and move their headquarters to the capital …

Middle East

Iraqi VP warns of ‘civil war’ over Kurdish-held Kirkuk

BAGHDAD: Iraqi Vice President Ayad Allawi on Monday warned there could be a “civil war” over the Kurdish-administered city of Kirkuk if talks over …

Middle East

ISIS beheads Arab chief in Diyala who supported referendum

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – An Arab chieftain from Diyala province appears to have been beheaded by ISIS militants after appearing in a video …

Middle East

Ankara's KRG move and what it means for Turkey's domestic politics

The Kurdish population in Turkey should not be abandoned during the process of dealing with the KRG, closing the doors on any possibility of …

Middle East

Speaker’s visit to Kurds divides Iraqi Parliament

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Tensions Rise Between Iraqis and Kurds After Referendum

DAQUQ, Iraq—For more than three years, the weapons along a front line held by Kurdish forces in northern Iraq have been aimed at Islamic State militants occupying the nearby city of Hawija.<p>Now, they are pointed toward Iraqi forces who have just routed the militants from Hawija—the latest in a …

Middle East

KRG calls for dialogue to settle differences with Iraq

By Ali Sheikho<p><b>ERBIL</b><p>President of the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG), Masoud Barzani, on Saturday called for dialogue to settle unresolved issues …

Iraq’s Kurds need to put democracy before independence

THE LEADERS of Iraq’s Kurdistan region are suffering considerable consequences for their reckless staging of a referendum on independence late last month. The Iraqi government has teamed up with Turkey and Iran to impose tough sanctions, including a ban on international flights from Kurdish …

Middle East

Jalal Talabani laid to rest in Sulaimaniyah funeral

A funeral with full military honours has been held in northern Iraq for veteran Kurdish leader, Jalal Talabani.<p>The 83-year old former president of Iraq was in a coma when he died in a German hospital on Tuesday.<p>His body was flown home from Germany to the Kurdish city of Sulaimaniyah, his hometown, …

Middle East

Are Shia Dynamics in Iraq and Lebanon Turning Against Iran?

Despite Hezbollah's powerful influence over Lebanon, much of the country's Shia community looks to the Iraqi holy city of Najaf for religious …

Middle East

Erdogan says Turkey will close Iraq border and air space soon | Reuters

ANKARA (Reuters) - President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday that Turkey would soon close its border with northern Iraq and shut its air space in response to last week’s Kurdish independence referendum.<p>Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan attends opening ceremony of Recep Tayyip Erdogan Imam Hatip …

Middle East

Unraveling the Oil Geopolitics Intertwined in the Kurdish Independence Referendum

For over a decade, U.S. efforts to promote stability across the Middle East have run afoul of many complexities. The recent independence referendum …

Middle East

Paris ready to mediate between Iraq, Kurds: Macron

<b>French President Emmanuel Macron says Paris is ready for mediation between Iraq and its Kurdish region seeking secession from the mainland,</b> …

Middle East

The case for Kurdish independence

One thing is clear: if the US continues to neglect its “friends” and allies in the region – those on the front line in the fight against ISIS – the …