Kurdistan never intended to engage in war with Iraq, foreign minister says

Thursday, 19 October 2017

The ‭Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) never intended to engage in a war with the Iraqi army, Kurdish foreign minister Falah Mustafa Bakir told broadcaster CNN in an interview. ‭ There is a need for dialogue between KRG and Iraq so as to reach a common understanding, Bakir said, adding that the dispute was not about oil or the national flag but about the future of two nations. Turkey said Wednesday that Iraq’s retaking of the northern city of Kirkuk from Kurdish forces earlier this week ...

Did Kurdistan’s referendum decrease the Region’s earnings?

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

“We firmly reject that the blue line defines Kurdistan’s borders,” said Iraqi Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani before the independence referendum on September 25. This is an incident that ignited the Region’s problems. It is probably also the reason that has pushed the Region back to the “blue line” after it had lost many of its earnings which it since gained in 2003. READ ALSO: Barzani: Referendum first step for Kurds to express their will ...

Iraqi president Masum calls for urgent Baghdad-Kurdish dialogue

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Iraqi President Fuad Masum gave a televised speech on Tuesday on the latest developments on the ground in Kirkuk where he said that any Peshmerga supervision of the province “did not violate the constitution”. The Iraq-Kurdish president called on everyone involved to respect the law and to show restraint in Kirkuk as parties from both Erbil and Baghdad vie for control of the strategic province. “I call on all parties to engage in urgent dialogue to prevent a worsening of the ...

Iran and Turkey, unrest and its aftermath

Thursday, 12 October 2017

A while ago, the Iranians declared that they do not want the region to be called the Arab Mashriq. No one talks about Arabs in zones which Tehran influences in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon except within the context of slander as nationalism is “evil” and Arabs have “surrendered to America and Israel!” They also do not like the term “Middle East” which the westerners use because it reflects an American project in the region and it must not be accepted as it’s ...

Radwan al-Sayed

Scrutinizing the Kurdish referendum

Thursday, 12 October 2017

It was really significant that the coffin of Jalal Talebani, the ex-Iraqi president, was wrapped by the national flag of Kurdistan rather the flag of Iraq, during his funeral in his hometown As-Suleimanyyah. What we are now witnessing is a virtual ‘divorce’ between the ‘Kurdish political mood’ in northern Iraq and all the Arabs. Even if this ‘divorce’ is neither final nor official yet, it is indeed a psychological ‘divorce’ the reality of which ...

Eyad Abu Shakra

Iraq court orders arrest of Kurd referendum vote organizers

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

An Iraqi court on Wednesday ordered the arrest of the chairwoman and two other members of the commission that organized last month's vote for Kurdish independence, a judicial official said. The court in east Baghdad acted in response to a request from the National Security Council headed by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, Supreme Judicial Council spokesman Abdel Sattar Bayraqdar told AFP. The court issued warrants against chairwoman Hendren Saleh and members Yari Hajji Omar and Wahida Yofo ...

Assyrian behind ‘voter fraud’ report warns of ‘romanticized image’ of Kurdistan

Sunday, 8 October 2017

On September 25, the day Kurds cast their historic ‘yes’ vote for the independence of their autonomous province from Iraq, a Chicago-based activist Reine Hanna published a damning 114-page report , with allegations of ‘land grab’, ‘electoral fraud” and a carefully designed ‘patronage system’ by Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) against the minority Assyrian population in their region. An Assyrian herself, the 25-year-old Hanna made ...

Kurdish parliament rejects all of Baghdad’s decisions taken against referendum

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG)’s parliament has held a session on Saturday rejected the decisions taken by the central government of Iraq and its parliament against the recent referendum on Kurdish independence.The Kurdistan parliament stressed that these decisions do not apply to the Kurdistan region without their approval.This came during the meeting held by the Kurdish parliament in the presence of 62 members out of 111, in response to the decisions of the Iraqi government and ...

Fix Baghdad to stop Iraq’s partition

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Give the Kurds a real stake in Baghdad’s government, only then they dispense the separation plea. Right now, they are imitating honorary positions without authority. The same applies to many components of the Iraqi state, which was built post the invasion. It was built on a shared parliamentary system. Almost each and every country in the region opposes any territory’s separation, as such, Kurdistan’s separation will not be easy. There is increased fear that the central Iraqi ...

Abdulrahman al-Rashed

Kurdish unilateral independence and a deadly impasse

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Despite many efforts to stop or postpone it, the Iraqi Kurdistan referendum has become a fait accompli and must be taken into account in shaping future developments, and Masoud Barzani, the man who orchestrated the exercise, must be as pleased as Punch.In contemplating the future, it is important to know exactly what we are talking about. Supporters of the referendum have pinned their flag to two concepts: independence and self-determination.They say Iraqi Kurds want independence. However, like ...

Amir Taheri

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