Baghdad ends air blockade of Kurdistan, Iraqi PM announces

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Iraq has lifted the ban on international flights to the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Region's airports, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said in a statement on Tuesday. "Kurdistan's regional airports will be under the command of the Federal Ministry of the Interior," the statement said. The ban on international flights was part of sanctions imposed on the Kurdistan Region after it conducted a referendum in September on Kurdish independence in defiance of Baghdad's wishes.  

Iraqi parliament approves $88 bln budget, Kurdish lawmakers boycott vote

Saturday, 3 March 2018

Iraq’s parliament approved a long-delayed budget on Saturday, the first since declaring victory over ISIS after three years of war, but Kurdish lawmakers boycotted the vote over their region’s diminished allocation. The budget of 104 trillion Iraqi dinars ($88 billion) is based on projected oil exports of 3.8 million barrels per day (bpd) at a price of $46, a copy of the final bill showed. It envisions government revenues of 91.64 trillion dinars ($77.6 billion) with a deficit of ...

Kurdish doctors report suspected Turkish gas attack on Syria’s Afrin

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Six civilians suffered breathing difficulties and other symptoms indicative of poison gas inhalation after an attack launched by Turkey on the Kurdish-controlled enclave of Afrin, Syrian Kurdish news outlets and Syria's state-run news agency reported Saturday.The news outlets quoted local doctors in Afrin as saying the hospital treated six cases of people who suffered shortness of breath, vomiting and skin rashes. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group also quoted local doctors ...

Kurdish leader Barzani: Lack of Kirkuk control paves way for ISIS

Saturday, 27 January 2018

Leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, Masoud Barzani, said on Friday that the Iraqi forces' and Popular Mobilization Forces’ capture of Kirkuk will pave way for militant group ISIS. The leader also stressed that he did not regret holding the referendum for independence from Iraq last year, despite the process failing.  

WATCH: How an Al Arabiya crew reached Iraqi Kurdistan after flight ban

Monday, 22 January 2018

Due to a ban imposed by Iraq banning all international flights to and from Kurdistan since September, reaching the country has become difficult according to a team from Al Arabiya who experienced the journey. An Al Arabiya crew was able to reach Kurdistan through one of the Turkish land crossings with the territory. The reporter and crew got visas from the Kurdish government, however it only allowed them to enter from the Baghdad airport. The crew reached the Sabiha airport in Istanbul, and ...

Political parties eye Kurdish vote ahead of Iraqi elections

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

Iraqi parliamentary elections are scheduled for May 2018, while the crisis in relations between Baghdad and Erbil — which was the result of the Kurdistan region’s referendum for separation from Iraq —remains unresolved as sanctions imposed by the Iraqi central government on the region are still in place. In the years following the fall of Saddam’s regime in 2003, Iraqi Kurds have emerged as an important constituency for Iraqi parties to gain political majority in ...

Kurdistan’s lost opportunity

Tuesday, 26 December 2017

It seems the protests which erupted last week in the Kurdistan region have missed a golden opportunity for reform. Protests erupted in Sulaymaniyah and other Kurdish towns because state employees have not received their wages in a while now. They haven’t received their salaries because the federal government in Baghdad has not provisioned them from the general budget due to disputes over oil and custom revenues which Kurdistan’s government has received but failed to record in the ...

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Arabs in Iranian villages concerned about loss of their language

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Similar to the Turks, Kurds, Lors and Persians, Arabs live as the original inhabitants throughout Iran.The Arabs did not only live on the coast of the Arabian Gulf, its islands and the “Arabistan of Ahwaz” or “Khuzestan” provinces as they are officially called by the government, but the Arabs relatively inhabit Fares, Kerman, Khorasan, Samnan and Ilam provinces.Some documented historical research and studies confirm that Arabs lived in Iran hundreds of years before the ...

Kurdistan makes $100 mln monthly payment to oil producers despite crisis

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Iraq’s Kurdistan has made its full monthly payment of around $100 million to oil producers working on its territory, despite a big drop in oil exports amid a political crisis roiling the semi-autonomous region. A source close to the Kurdistan regional government told Reuters that full monthly payments had been made to companies such as Genel, DNO, Gulf Keystone, Gazprom and Taqa. The news will be a relief to producers, which have been used to years of non-payments ...

Rex Tillerson and Barzani stress need for Erbil-Baghdad dialogue

Saturday, 4 November 2017

The Prime Minister of Iraqi-Kurdistan Nechirvan Barzani and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson stressed on Friday the need for Erbil and Baghdad to initiate political negotiations. According to an official statement released from Barzani’s office on Friday, Tillerson expressed his concerns over the tensions between Erbil and Baghdad and reemphasized the support of the United States for the constitutional rights of the Kurdistan Region in Iraq.” Similarly, the secretary looked at the ...

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