updated Sat. January 7, 2023
April 11, 2018
Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) A high-level delegation from Iraqi Kurdistan Region, led by Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani, will visit Baghdad soon, a senior Kurdish official was quoted saying Wednesday. Kurdish network Rudaw quoted Barzani's media adviser, Samir Hawrami, saying that the prime minister,ÃâÃÂ ...
The Conversation UK
April 10, 2018
After years of misrule and repression, the people of Iraqi Kurdistan have had enough. In March 2018, protesters began taking to the streets to demand deep reforms from a government they can no longer tolerate. Led by teachers, university lecturers, doctors and the like, and including large numbers ofÃâÃÂ ...
CPJ Press Freedom Online
April 4, 2018
CPJ research shows that the media are vulnerable whenever internal political tensions flare in Iraqi Kurdistan. On March 24, Kurdish public servants took to the streets to protest corruption and austerity measures they say have resulted in unpaid salaries. The protests are ongoing. Demonstrators have beenÃâÃÂ ...
March 31, 2018
Turkey has firmly grasped the initiative in its conflict against Kurdish forces linked to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), and statements from Ankara indicate a firm resolve to extend military operations from the northwest Syrian area of Afrin to locations in northern Syria and Iraq. Last week's roundupÃâÃÂ ...
The Arab Weekly
March 31, 2018
Reaching out. Iranian President Hassan Rohani (R) meets with Nechirvan Barzani, prime minister of Iraq's Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in Tehran, on January 21. (Office of Iranian President). Iraqi lawmakers have passed one of the most politically charged annual budgets in recent memory.
March 28, 2018
Watchdog: Protesters Unlawfully Attacked by Security Forces in Iraqi Kurdistan. ÃâÃÂ© AFP 2018/ AHMAD AL-RUBAYE. Middle East. 00:11 29.03.2018 Get short URL. 301. Security forces in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq attacked peaceful protesters who were expressing their discontent over salaries cuts, which is anÃâÃÂ ...
March 23, 2018
Erbil (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi Kurdistan Region Government has urged anti-Turkish, Kurdish fighters to avoid residential areas to spare civilians the damage from Turkish airstrikes targeting those fighters. ٍKRG spokesperson, Safin Dizayee, in a statement on Thursday, urged Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK)ÃâÃÂ ...
March 23, 2018
Iraq's central government has sent funds to pay the salaries of state employees in Iraqi Kurdistan for the first time since 2014 in a further sign of improving relations with the autonomous region. Bilateral ties suffered a near collapse following an independence vote by the Kurds last September. The two sidesÃâÃÂ ...
March 23, 2018
The fourth reason is financial. Iraqi Kurdistan enjoys natural resources, specifically valuable oil fields. This has become another catalyst for the repeated raids of government forces and Iran-backed Shiite militias. Secondly, Iran has a strategic interest in dominating, controlling and suppressing Iraq's KurdsÃâÃÂ ...
March 21, 2018
Iraqi Kurdistan is landlocked, surrounded by Turkey, Syria, Iran and other parts of Iraq. The airports at Erbil and Sulaimaniyah served as the KRG's economic and political lifelines. The KRG administration and many foreign countries applauded news of the airports' reopenings, as did much of Turkey'sÃâÃÂ ...
March 15, 2018
Airports in the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Region of Iraq have been reopened to international air traffic. A statement from the office of Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said earlier on Thursday that the premier had ordered the reopening of the airports of Erbil and Sulaymaniyah in the Kurdistan regionÃâÃÂ ...
Middle East Eye
March 13, 2018
Baghdad has announced the re-opening of international flights in the Kurdistan region after an almost six-month ban. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said in a statement the airports of Erbil and Sulaymaniyah would again be "open to international flights" within a week. The restrictions were originallyÃâÃÂ ...
March 13, 2018
All Kurdistan-bound international flights are currently being rerouted to Baghdad, which has imposed entry visas on foreigners visiting the Kurdish region. "The opening of Kurdish airports to international flights is an important step," Nechirvan Barzani, the prime minister of the Iraqi Kurdistan region, told aÃâÃÂ ...
March 11, 2018
A video circulated on Kurdish social media showing a police filming of a group of women and men apparently caught in a brothel in Erbil stirred controversy in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region. Facebook/NRT. A still from a video made by police in Erbil shows a woman who was one of a group arrested in anÃâÃÂ ...
March 7, 2018
"It is unfortunate that principles of partnership and consensus have been ignored," Barzani said at a press conference in Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan. "If we want to have an Iraq that is stable, it will not be resolved through strong against weak, but through dialogue," he added. His remarks came a dayÃâÃÂ ...
The Strategist (blog)
March 2, 2018
Under the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG), the small pocket of Iraqi Kurdistan had been described as a 'haven of religious tolerance and relative safety' and a 'sanctuary' for refugees. Even Turkey has normalised its relations with the KRG, and is now its top external trading partner. Yet, as the regionÃâÃÂ ...
February 28, 2018
Iraqi website Almaalomah quoted the source saying that “the Iraqi government has received with astonishment the news about U.S. plans to relocate its military base in Turkey's Incirlik to Iraqi Kurdistan or Kurdish regions in Syria”. According to the source, “Baghdad will reject any U.S. step in that directionÃâÃÂ ...
February 26, 2018
Iranian Kurdish Peshmerga, members of the Iranian Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP-Iran), take part in routine military exercise in Koya, east of Erbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, on October 22, 2017. Safin Hamed / AFP. Iraq on Monday extended a ban on internationalÃâÃÂ ...
February 21, 2018
I ran and northern Iraq's Kurdish Regional Government hope to increase cross-border trade volumes by increasing the number of border crossings between them, KRG local officials have been quoted by state-run news agency of the Turkish government Anadolu Agency as saying. According to AballahÃâÃÂ ...
The Week Magazine
February 20, 2018
Iraqi Kurdistan could become a great travel destination — "if people would only stop confusing it with the Iraq they see in the news," said Tim Neville at The New York Times. That might be a tall order, given Iraq's bloody recent history. But the semiautonomous Kurdistan region, in the country's northeastÃâÃÂ ...
Foreign Policy Journal (blog)
February 15, 2018
Despite the efforts by the leadership of Iraqi Kurdistan to maintain peaceful relations with the government of Iraq, Iraq continues to punish the Kurds for desiring to exercise their right to self-determination. Relations between the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) and the Iraqi federal government haveÃâÃÂ ...
The Sun Daily
February 13, 2018
SULAIMANIYAH, Iraq: A Turkish base in Iraqi Kurdistan came under attack on Tuesday, a witness and the rebel Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) said, without claiming responsibility. Intense fighting lasted some two hours around the base at Guerbya, near the city of Zakho close to the Turkish border, theÃâÃÂ ...
February 7, 2018
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has today denounced the multiple media freedom violations in the Iraqi Kurdistan region documented in a new report by IFJ affiliate the Kurdistan Journalists Syndicate. The annual report of media freedom violations, published by the KJS' Committee for theÃâÃÂ ...
February 6, 2018
A security guard is seen at the Iran-Iraq border crossing of Haji Omran on Jan. 3, 2018, one day after two border posts were reopened between Iraqi Kurdistan and the Islamic republic. AFP file photo. ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — The Iraqi government has shut border crossings of Sheikh Saleh and ShushmeÃâÃÂ ...
February 5, 2018
The independence vote heralded political and economic disaster. Existential uncertainty now faces the region's oil sector. When he proceeded with the independence referendum in September, the Kurdistan Region of Iraq's President Massoud Barzani misread the post-Islamic State moment, alienatedÃâÃÂ ...
February 2, 2018
The Mar Mattai monastery clings to the side of a steep mountain, and on a clear day a visitor can stand against its fortresslike walls and discern far below the winsome farmlands of Upper Mesopotamia. Here, in the cradle of civilization, the building is one of the oldest Christian monasteries in the world.
December 31, 1999
Barzani: No, they are not, and by the way, why are people still fleeing the rest of Iraq and still coming to live in tents, in camps in Iraqi Kurdistan? It's because of the continuing lack of services and security in their hometowns and villages. Because Kurdistan is still the safest, freest and most secure part of Iraq.