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Iraqi MP: Secret negotiations going on between Erbil and Baghdad

Thursday, 16 November 2017

The Kurdistan Region’s Tuesday announcement that it respects the Iraqi Supreme Court’s decision on banning secession paves way to resolving the problem between Baghdad and Erbil and returning to the table of negotiations. Speaking on the subject, State of Law Coalition Member of Parliament Kamel al-Zaydi said on Wednesday that there are “secret” negotiations going on between Baghdad and Erbil to resolve the Kurdish referendum crisis. OPINION: The Kurdish dream is now ...

The Kurdish dream is now closer to reality

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

I do not think that the consequences of holding a referendum over the right of self-determination in the Kurdistan region and disputed lands have pushed the dream of Kurdish independence far as some analysts are saying. Before the referendum day on September 25, the Kurdish dream was not close to becoming a reality so how can it become far from achieving now? The governments of Iraq, Iran and Turkey have agreed on punishing the Kurds for practicing their freedom of expression regarding their ...

Adnan Hussein

Kurds offer joint border deployment as Iraq threatens military operation

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Iraq’s Kurdistan region said on Thursday it has offered a joint Kurdish-Iraqi deployment at a strategic crossing with Turkey, with participation of representatives from the US-led coalition helping fight ISIS. The offer was revealed hours after Iraqi armed forces accused the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) of delaying handing over control of Iraq’s borders with Turkey, Iran and Syria and threatened to resume operations to capture Kurdish-held areas. The KRG’s Peshmerga ...

Will Catalonians, Scots and Kurds experiments ring alarm bells to all nations?

Thursday, 2 November 2017

So the worst has come to pass, and the two protagonists of the “Catalonia Crisis” have slid into open confrontation; as neither Barcelona is happy with the ‘marriage’, nor Madrid is willing to entertain a ‘divorce’. The Pro-Independence Catalonian Regional Government – i.e. ‘the secessionists’ as Spain’s Government calls them – are regarded by Madrid as rebels, and their referendum on Independence illegal and unconstitutional. The ...

Eyad Abu Shakra

Iraq PM orders halt in operations against Kurds for 24 hours

Friday, 27 October 2017

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Friday announced “a halt to movements by the armed forces for 24 hours” in zones disputed by Baghdad and the autonomous Kurdish region. Abadi, who also heads the armed forces, said the pause aimed to “give the opportunity to a joint technical committee of the federal authorities and those of Kurdistan to work on deploying federal forces in all of the disputed zones” in northern Iraq. Eariler, Coalition spokesperson said he ...

Between opposing Kurdish separation and sidelining the Kurds

Saturday, 21 October 2017

It was inevitable for Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani to try out his citizens’ luck, the Iraqi Kurds, in fulfilling a long time dream of theirs – separation and running an independent state. Most arrows were pointing to failure, so why did Barzani do it? Perhaps if he didn’t, fingers would be pointing at him in the future accused of failing his people. This is critical because Barzani assumed joint effort with Baghdad’s government both militarily and politically over the ...

Abdulrahman al-Rashed

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 ...

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