Guarantee respect for the rights of women 

is calling for broad consultation about a proposal to amend Iraq’s personal status law of 1959 which would bring down the age of marriage to 9. The first lady of Iraq insisted that respect for women’s rights should be guaranteed. In a statement on the official website of Iraqi Presidency, Runak Abdulwahid Mustafa calls on […]

Witnessing Daesh executions in Hawijah

Karwan Salehi Two witnesses in Hawijah told Kirkuknow that they had seen several massacres committed by Islamic State militants and showed the locations of two mass graves to Kirkuknow reporter. “Daesh had a topping plant here and on a daily basis they would bring people in orange outfits,” said Saad Saeb, a shepherd in the […]

Seven dead and 200 wounded as powerful earthquake strikes Iraq and Iran

Seven people died and 200 were wounded in northern Iraq after a strong earthquake hit the bordering areas between Iran and Iraq on Sunday night. Iranian media reported that around 400 had been killed in the western provinces bordering Iraq. The earthquake hit at 21:08 on Sunday night (12th of November) which affected Halabja, Kirkuk, […]

Administrative and security changes in disputed territories

The central government in Baghdad has started appointing new officials to the security and administrative positions that were occupied by the Kurds in the disputed territories who abdandoned their psoitions due to the tension and violence in these areas since October 16. According to a Kirkuknow investigation, since October 16, in the provinces of Nineneveh, […]

Will Kurdish Asayish return to Kirkuk?

When the Iraqi security forces and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) were busy discussing the return of the PUK Asayish internal police to Kirkuk on November 7, tens of people nearby were calling on the authorities to reveal what has happened to their loved ones who had been arrested by the Kurdish Asayish security […]

Five Schools in Iraqi Kurdistan commit to ending violence against children

Wadi Organisation which is a partner of Kirkuknow has started a campaign to end violence against students in the Kurdistan region. Violence is omnipresent in war and crisis regions. Long after the last fighters have withdrawn, long after the last shot has been fired, violence remains. It lives in people’s memories and experiences and continues […]

Nineveh Council to select a new governor

Nineveh Provincial Council is planning to appoint a new governor and serious discussion has started within the council to appoint a new governor, at a time when the current governor who was sacked last week by the provincial council can still appeal the decision. The council in its meeting on Tuesday, October 7, opened the […]

Nearly 100 offices of Kurdish parties and organisations destroyed or looted in disputed territories

Kirkuknow reporters have established that in Kirkuk and other disputed territories nearly 100 offices of Kurdish political parties and organizations have been targeted in less than a week after the Iraqi security forces and the Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF) launched an operation on October 16 and retook these areas from the Kurdish peshmerga forces. Kirkuknow […]

Twin suicide bombings target Kirkuk

Twin suicide attacks targeted Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF) bases in Kirkuk on Sunday afternoon in which at least one person was killed. A Kirkuknow correspondent reported from the scene at Atlas street in Kirkuk where the attacks occurred at 1:20 pm on Sunday, November 5, near a base of Saraya Salam part of the PMF. […]

FPU and other press freedom groups call for investigation into Arkan Sharif murder

Four press freedom groups are calling on the Iraqi authorities both in Baghdad and Kurdistan to investigate the killing of Kurdish journalist Arkan Sharif and protect journalists from future attacks. Arkan Sharif who worked for the Kurdistan Democratic Party’s official outlet Kurdistan TV as a cameraman was killed in the early hours of October 30 when […]

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