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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, ...

Balanced words and a clear vision

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

I recently read a useful and rather unique article by Saudi writer and researcher Kamel al-Khati, the son of one of the most famous traditional Shiite clerics in eastern Saudi Arabia, the late Sheikh Abdul Hamid al-Khati. In his article, Kamel – a man I know to be wise – describes and analyzes a secular scientific trend. As far as I know, this man has never experienced an Islamicized Shiite faction of any sort. Published in Saudi newspaper Okaz, Kamel’s article was titled ...

Mashari Althaydi

Iraqi forces seize oil city Kirkuk from Kurds in bold advance

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Iraqi government forces captured the major Kurdish-held oil city of Kirkuk on Monday, responding to a Kurdish referendum on independence with a bold lightning strike that transforms the balance of power in the country. A convoy of armored vehicles from Iraq’s elite US-trained Counter-Terrorism Force seized Kirkuk’s provincial government headquarters less than a day after the operation began, a Reuters reporter in Kirkuk said. Neither side gave a casualty toll for the operation. But ...

US ‘not taking sides’ between Iraqi forces, Kurds: Trump

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Washington is “not taking sides” following clashes between Iraqi forces and the country’s Kurds, US President Donald Trump said Monday, as tensions escalate following the autonomous Kurdish region’s independence referendum. “We’re not taking sides, but we don’t like the fact that they’re clashing,” Trump told journalists. “We’ve had for many years a very good relationship with the Kurds.” “We’ve also been on the ...

Turkey ‘ready to cooperate with Iraq’ against Kurdish militants

Monday, 16 October 2017

Turkey is ready to cooperate fully with the central Iraqi government to end the presence of the outlawed Kurdish militant group PKK in Iraq, the foreign ministry said on Monday.In a statement, the ministry also said Ankara would stand by Baghdad to provide peace and stability in the country, as Iraqi forces captured several positions near Kirkuk from Kurdish fighters, following Kurdish northern Iraq’s independence referendum last month.The Iraqi government accused Kurdish authorities on ...

Was it the Kurds who brought foreigners to Iraq?

Monday, 16 October 2017

We are on the verge of a new civil war in Iraq between the Kurds and Baghdad’s authority, which is dominated by Shiite parties. The sectarian part of the war will be between the Kurdish Peshmerga and the Popular Mobilization while on another hand it will be between the Iraqi army forces and Kurdistan’s army.The line of fire, which may spark clashes, is the Kirkuk front, the Iraqi city known for its petroleum and mixed identity as the Kurds insist that it is Kurdish and belongs to the ...

Mashari Althaydi

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 ...

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 ...

Arab League Secretary General says no to a Kurdish state

Friday, 6 October 2017

The Arab League has taken a clear position on the Kurdish call for independence. “Today the Kurds are calling for a State of their own… why not the Yazidis, why not the Pashtuns, why not the Assyrians, why not lots of others?” said Secretary General of the League of Arab States, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, in his opening speech at NATO Defense College Foundation’s conference on Arab geopolitics in Rome, Italy. Watch the conference live here “History teaches us that ...

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