PUK and KDP forces confront each other over Kirkuk oilfields

Kurdish forces from rival parties seeking more control of oilfields in Kirkuk areas faced each other last night raising more tension in the region where Islamic State maintains still control large parts of the province. A senior intelligence source in Kirkuk who did not want to be identified due to the sensitivity of the matter […]

Parliament calls on Kirkuk representatives to reach a final agreement

Aram Yusuf The head of the Iraqi Parliament is calling on the representatives of various groups in Kirkuk to reach a final agreement in relation to the provincial council election law. According to a statement from the parliament issued on Sunday (July 23) the representatives of Kirkuk will meet on Monday in the parliament to […]

A manly committee for Kurdistan referendum 

Ara Ibrahim A group of organisations defending the rights of women and the Supreme Board of Women Affairs express their concern for disregarding women’s role in making critical decisions in Iraqi Kurdistan such as referendum as only one woman is amongst the 8 member Supreme committee for the referendum. Khanem Rahim the head of Asuda […]

Bodies of two journalists killed in Salahaddin recovered

The bodies of the two journalists who were killed in a village near Shirqat in Salahaddin province while covering a battle between Iraqi security forces and Islamic State recovered. General Khalil Reml the head of Emergency Police of Nineveh province told KirkukNow: “for the last three days we intensified our attacks on Imam Gharbi village […]

KRG forces expel tens of Yazidi families from IDP camps

Muhanad Sinjari Kurdistan Regional Government has expelled tens of Yazidi families from IDP camps in Duhok province after members of these families join the units of Popular Mobolisation Forces (PMF) and tens of other families have been informed to leave the camps soon. Kheder Haji Mirza a prominent figure of the Yazidi community who has […]

Abadi: Kurdistan referendum is unconstitutional 

Iraqi prime minister Haydar al-Abadi once again reiterated that Kurdistan referendum is unconstitutional and said with the retaking of Mosul the grave threat is gone but they have other tasks to finish. Abadi’s statement came during his weekly press conference on Tuesday (July 18) following the council of ministers ordinary meeting earlier that day.  “Kurdistan […]

Iran’s Supreme National Security Council : Referendum will weaken the Kurds 

Ali Shamkhani the head of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council stated today that holding referendum will isolate and weaken the Kurds and increase the pressures on them. Shamkhani made the statement in a meeting today, July 17, with the representatives of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) in Tehran which consisted of deputy head of […]

Kirkuk Security committee rejects formation of Turkmen force backed by Turkey

The security committee of Kirkuk province rejects the formation of a Turkmen force backed by Turkey describing it as a threat to the security of the city and Iraq. “The security and administrative committee of Kirkuk and the residents of the city reject the formation of a force that is backed by a neighbouring state […]

In pictures: Islamic State left Zanjili in west Mosul in this state

Iraqi security forces fought a fierce battle with the Islamic State militants in Zanjili neighbourhood near the Old city of Mosul as part of the second phase of Mosul offensive which started in February and still goes on.       Hundreds of civilians were killed in Zanjili neighbourhood by Isis, during the fighting and […]

The effect of conflict on men and women in Iraq

Nesrine Jelalia, Oxfam’s Gender Advisor in Iraq, reflects on the findings of Oxfam and UN Women’s Gender & Conflict Analysis in ISIS-affected communities of Iraq. “ISIS decided everything and left no room for personal decisions. ISIS decided for our wives – what to wear and what not to wear, they did not let women decide […]

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