Iraqi Kurds postpone polls in face of crisis

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region on Wednesday postponed presidential and legislative elections because of the current crisis with Baghdad, its electoral commission said.The region’s Independent High Electoral Commission said it had “decided to suspend temporarily preparations for the elections set for November 1 because of the current situation”.Iraqi government forces said Wednesday they had retaken from Kurdish fighters almost all the areas disputed between Baghdad and ...

Kurdish forces withdraw to June 2014 lines: Iraqi army commander

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Kurdish Peshmerga forces have retreated to positions they held in northern Iraq in June 2014 in response to an Iraqi army advance into the region after a Kurdish independence referendum rejected by Baghdad, a senior Iraqi commander said on Wednesday.An Iraqi military statement said government forces had taken control of Kurdish-held areas of Nineveh province, which includes the major city of Mosul, on Tuesday after the Peshmerga pulled back. The Mosul hydro-electric dam, northwest of the city, ...

Iraqi forces start advancing toward Kurdish-held Kirkuk

Monday, 16 October 2017

Iraqi forces took control of “vast areas” in the oil-rich region of Kirkuk without opposition from Kurdish Peshmerga, state TV said on Monday. The announcement came after reports that Iraqi forces began moving at around midnight toward an important airbase and oilfields located west of the city. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi gave orders to the security forces “to impose security in Kirkuk in cooperation with the population and the Peshmerga,” the TV said. Iraqi ...

Save the Children: 400,000 children still displaced from Mosul fighting

Monday, 16 October 2017

Around 400,000 children are still displaced from the fighting for Mosul, one year after the start of a military offensive to recapture the Iraqi city from the ISIS, Save the Children said on Monday. ISIS’s self-declared caliphate effectively collapsed in July, when US-backed Iraqi forces re-took Mosul, the group’s de facto capital in Iraq, after a grueling nine-month battle. “Just because the fighting in Mosul has stopped doesn’t mean the ...

Kurds reject Iraqi warning to withdraw from key junction south of Kirkuk

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Kurdish Peshmerga fighters rejected a warning from an Iraqi paramilitary force to withdraw from a strategic junction south of the oil-rich city of Kirkuk, a Kurdish security official told Reuters on Sunday. Popular Mobilization, formed mainly by Iranian-trained Shi’ite groups, gave the Peshmerga until midnight local time (2100 GMT Saturday) to leave a position north of the Maktab Khalid junction, the official from the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Security Council said. The ...

Baghdad gives pre-dawn ultimatum on Kirkuk pullback, Kurds say

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Baghdad has set a pre-dawn Sunday deadline for Kurdish forces to abandon positions in the disputed oil province of Kirkuk they took during the fightback against the Islamic State group, a senior Kurdish official said.The reported ultimatum comes as thousands of Iraqi troops and allied militia are locked in an armed standoff with Kurdish Peshmerga fighters near ethnically divided but historically Kurdish-majority Kirkuk.Tensions have soared between the erstwhile allies in the war against ISIS ...

US warns Kurdistan referendum will ‘increase instability’

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

The United States warned that an independence referendum Monday for Iraqi Kurdistan to break away from Baghdad will “increase instability.” “The United States is deeply disappointed that the Kurdistan Regional Government decided to conduct today a unilateral referendum on independence, including in areas outside of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement. “The United States’ historic relationship with the ...

Barzani demands alternative to referendum be presented within three days

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Iraq's Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani said on Tuesday that Erbil's union with Baghdad has come to an end.The president called for Iraq and the Iraqi Kurdistan region to be kind neighbors instead. During a ceremony held in the Iraqi district of Soran to support the independence referendum, Barzani said that there no other solution than to go through with the referendum. READ ALSO: Barzani meets with Saudi minister ahead of Kurdish referendum The president made this statement after dismissing the ...

Developing consensus to resolve the crisis in Iraq

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

The worst expected scenario to resolve the current crisis between Erbil and Baghdad is for a solution to be imposed by foreign parties either directly or indirectly by exerting pressure. Foreign solutions often reflect the domestic parties’ incapability to confront problems and manage crises. They also reveal that these domestic parties do not trust one another, and this makes it likely for crises to erupt again. Foreign parties’ interferences to resolve local crises enables them to ...

Adnan Hussein

Barzani: Kurdish referendum came after failure of partnership with Baghdad

Thursday, 7 September 2017

The head of the Iraqi Kurdistan region Massoud Barzani said in an exclusive interview with Al Arabiya's General Manager Turki Aldakhil that the decision of the referendum came because of the failure of partnership with Baghdad. Barzani explained that many attempts adopted by the province to build a real partnership with the federal government were doomed for failure even if they were successful in delaying the referendum decision for another time. Barzani stressed that several international ...

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