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 ...

Adnan Hussein

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 ...

Iraqi army takes control of Turkey border from Kurds

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

An Iraqi military delegation is preparing to take control of the Kurdistan region border with Syria, an Iraqi military statement said on Tuesday. The delegation headed by the Iraqi army chief of staff, Lieutenant General Othman al-Ghanmi, is visiting the Fish-Khabur triangle formed by the Iraqi Turkish Syrian border, in northwestern Iraq, a statement from the Iraqi joint operation command in Baghdad said. The visit aims to “control the international border” it said, mentioning ...

Kurdish oil flows to Turkey resume after technical stoppage

Monday, 30 October 2017

Crude oil flows through an Iraqi Kurdistan pipeline to Turkey resumed on Monday after a technical stoppage for several hours, a Kurdish shipping source told Reuters. The source said the flows were still reduced at around 200,000-220,000 barrels per day (bpd) compared with the usual volume of 600,000 bpd. The next cargo to load at the Mediterranean port of Ceyhan will be Santa Cruz that will export volumes from the November loading program, the source said.

Protesters storm Kurdistan parliament after Barzani announces resignation

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Demonstrators, some carrying clubs, stormed the Iraqi Kurdistan parliament building in Erbil on Sunday, angry at the decision of Masoud Barzani to step down from the presidency of the region, witnesses said. Gunshots were heard as protesters who claimed they were "Peshmerga" Kurdish fighters forced their way inside the building, they said. Barzani, the president of the autonomous Kurdish region in Iraq, told a closed-door session of parliament Sunday he was stepping down amid the fall ...

Re-defining the Near East’s borders

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Recurring calls by Lebanese President Michel Aoun and his son-in-law Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil for the “return” of the Syrian displaced persons, remind me of the campaigns of Eastern and central Europe’s extreme right leaders against Syrian refugees. These calls are issued, however, against a background larger than Lebanon, even possibly larger than the Arabs.What underlines this impression is the campaign orchestrated by security services associating most crimes and ...

Eyad Abu Shakra

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