Masoud Barzani

Barzani Calls for Iraq High Strategic Council Representing All Factions

Kurdish political leader and the President of Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) Masoud Barzani said on Thursday that his party supported the …

Middle East

Barham Salih: Favorite Candidate for Iraqi Presidency

Iraq’s Shiites and Kurds have been discussing their choice for the premiership and the presidency after Sunnis picked on Saturday Mohammed …

Middle East

Parliamentary Elections Campaign Kicks Off Calmly in Kurdistan Region

Campaigns for the upcoming parliamentary elections kicked off at midnight Monday in a calm atmosphere in the towns and cities of the Kurdistan region …

Middle East

Iraqi Kurds gear up for elections hoping to end turmoil

ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - Campaigning began in Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan on Tuesday for parliamentary elections that Kurds hope will help end months of turmoil, a year after the region of six million made a failed bid to break away from the rest of the country.<p>The mood was unusually subdued …

Middle East

Lawmakers in Erbil to Win Kurdish Support on Largest Parliamentary Bloc

A delegation of lawmakers, who announced an alliance in Baghdad last week, visited Erbil on Monday for talks with Kurdish leaders on joining the …

Middle East

Gunmen Attack Government Building in Northern Iraq

One hostage dies amid clashes in which Kurdish security forces kill the three assailants in Erbil; officials blame ‘terrorists’<p>BAGHDAD—One person was killed after three gunmen broke into a local government building in Iraq’s northern city of Erbil, in a rare attack inside the semiautonomous Kurdish …

Oil

Initial Understanding Between Sadr-Allawi-Hakim on ‘Biggest Bloc’ in Parliament

The leader of Sairoun, Muqtada Sadr, head of al-Wataniya Coalition Ayad Allawi and al-Hikma chief Ammar al-Hakim surprised all parties Friday by …

Middle East

Kurdish Official to Asharq Al-Awsat: Partisan Disputes Emerge over Iraq Presidency

A dispute between Iraqi Kurdish officials and Shiite parties emerged on Friday over the country’s presidency, after two delegations from the …

Middle East

The enemy of an enemy: Will the Kurds benefit from shifting American alliances?

In the post-World War II period, US policy towards the Kurds has been shaped by external factors rather than Kurdish arguments for their own autonomy …

Middle East

Iraq: Battle for Largest Parliamentary Bloc Heats Up

A battle meant to form the largest parliamentary bloc in Iraq heated up Saturday after the election commission released the final results for the May …

Middle East

Kurdistan Legislative Elections to be Held on September 30

Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government Nechirvan Barzani has set September 30 as the final date for holding legislative elections, which …

Middle East

Iraq's Kurdistan region to hold elections on Sept. 30

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The semi-autonomous Kurdistan region of northern Iraq, which voted overwhelmingly in favor of independence last year in a referendum rejected by Baghdad, will hold an election on Sept. 30.<p>Kurdish region's Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani speaks during a news conference in Erbil, …

Middle East

Has the Kurdish independence movement failed? | Iraq

Six months after the Kurdish region of northern Iraq voted for independence in a controversial referendum, the region is no closer to establishing its own country.<p>The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) initiated the referendum, in which more than 90 percent voted "yes" to secession. Without any …

Middle East

American Mediation Helped End Baghdad Blockade on Kurdistan Airports

An American mediation and international pressure led Baghdad to end its flight blockade on the Iraqi Kurdistan region’s airports, revealed a leader …

Middle East

Tackling the MENA Region’s Intersecting Conflicts

<i>How can the dizzying changes, intersecting crises and multiplying conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa since the 2011 Arab uprisings be best</i> …

Geopolitics

Nine Abrams tanks fell into the hands of Iranian-backed militias during anti-ISIS fight

U.S.-issued military equipment, to include as many as nine M1A1 Abrams tanks, fell into the hands of Iranian-backed militias during the turbulent …

U.S. Dept. of State

Muhammad bin Salman’s reforms in Saudi Arabia: Threats and Chances

It seems that the relations between Washington and Ankara have only been poor in recent times.<p>There are a lot of unresolved issues and disputes, …

Middle East

Iraq’s Maliki ‘Courts’ Kurds to Spite Abadi

The Kurdistan Democratic Party of Masoud Barzani welcomed former Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s recent statements during which he called for …

Middle East

Protests rage in Iraqi Kurdistan

Three people have been killed and 80 injured as protests over austerity and unpaid salaries intensify. The Kurdistan Regional Government is under …

Middle East

Kurdistan Region’s Prime Minister Discusses Kurdish File in Paris

In his first trip to Paris as prime minister of Iraq’s Kurdistan Region, the doors of the Elysee presidential palace opens to Nechirvan Barzani and …

Middle East

May meets Iraqi PM Abadi in Baghdad

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May met with her Iraqi counterpart Haider al-Abadi in Baghdad on Wednesday, an Iraqi government spokesman said, her first visit to Iraq since coming to power last year.<p>Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May meets British troops and watches training …

Human Rights

Drought and Neglect Have Decimated Iraq’s Breadbasket

East of the Iraqi Kurdish city of Sulaymaniyah, malls and high-rise apartments give way to cement-block factories, warehouses, and junkyards. Tucked …

Agriculture

Irbil Express Reservations on Iraqi Court Decision to Annul Referendum

The Iraqi Kurdistan Region expressed on Monday its reservations on an Iraqi Federal Court rule, stipulating that the September 25 Kurdish …

U.S. Federal Courts

Iraqi Kurdistan: Post-Independence Referendum

On September 25th, against the urging of the United States and other allies, the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) held an independence referendum …

Middle East

Iraqi Parties Welcome Kurdish Announcement, Abadi Anticipates Barzani's Stance

Despite political parties in Baghdad welcoming Iraqi Kurdistan government acceptance of the Federal Court interpretation, a source close to the Iraqi …

Middle East

Iraq’s Central Bank reverses decision to close banks in Kurdish region

Iraq’s Central Bank yesterday cancelled its previous decision to close branches of private banks in the Kurdish region of the country, the <i>Anadolu</i> …

Middle East

After Iraqi Kurdish Independence Vote Backfires, 'I Do Not Regret It,' Says Barzani

There's a light rain falling in the hills around Masoud Barzani's palace north of Irbil. Last week, Barzani stepped down as president of the semi-autonomous Kurdistan regional government in northern Iraq, a position he's held for 12 years. But the building, with its soaring staircases and footsteps …

World News

How the US paved the way for Iraq’s crackdown on Kurdistan

A lot of it had to do with how much and at what point the world power decided to step in.<p>><br>• ><p>A VEHICLE of the Iraqi Federal Police is seen on a street …

Middle East

Kurdish leader departs, leaving nephew faced with reconciliation

ERBIL Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi Kurdish President Masoud Barzani departed office on Wednesday, leaving his nephew to reconcile with the central government in Baghdad, with regional neighbors and with rival Kurdish parties after a failed referendum on independence.<p>FILE PHOTO - Iraqi Kurdish president …

Middle East

Kurdish leader steps down over independence backlash

The leader of Iraq’s regional Kurdish government stepped down on Wednesday amid the fallout from an independence referendum that was widely condemned …

Middle East