Top 10 women parliamentary candidates with highest number of votes

Photos of top 10 women candidates with the highest number of votes in Iraqi parliament election of 12 May 2018

KirkukNow Nine of the top 10 women candidates of 12 May 2018 Iraqi parliamentary election were from Kurdish (Patriotic Union of Kurdistan) PUK and (Kurdistan Democratic Party) KDP. The Independent Higher Electoral Commission (IHEC) announced the results of the election on 19 May, while scores of women made it to the parliament, some of them […]

One year from conflict, the dream of better Mosul remains far for many

Damaged roads and buildings in west Mosul. Photo: Oxfam

Oxfam – KirkukNow One year after Mosul was retaken from ISIS, thousands of people are still unable to return home as parts of the city remain severely damaged and lack running water or electricity, Oxfam said today. Thousands more don’t feel safe to return – including families whose houses have been completely destroyed in the […]

All parties claim vote increase in manual recount

Kirkuk, July 2018, counting and sorting of votes of 12 May. Photo: Karwan Salhi

Karwan Salhi – Kirkuk Despite lack of any official result from the electoral body, all parties in Kirkuk claim vote increase after the partial manual recount. The judges responsible for the manual recount, instead of the electoral commissioners, declared the end of the process on Friday, 6 July. Representatives of the Arab and Turkmens, discontent […]

Calls to review security of disputed areas intensify

The meeting between KRG's ministry of peshmerga and the international coalition delegation on 2 July. Photo: Media Department of the Ministry of Peshmerga

Soran Muhammad – Kirkuk The recent security breaches in Kirkuk and other disputed areas led to intensifying calls by the international coalition and peshmerga forces to review the security situation of the disputed areas. The Ministry of Peshmerga released a statement after the meeting confirming that the two parties discussed the security situation in the […]

Death Checkpoints
Armed gunmen on Kirkuk-Baghdad road

Khalis, 11 March 2017, vehicle drivers block Kirkuk-Baghdad road. Photo Karwan Salhi

Narin Rostam Uncle Majid’s worst fear came true when he was caught in a sham checkpoint of unidentified armed men. Many have been killed or abducted through such checkpoints, he recalled, and those who had survived lost all their wealth and belongings after a ransom payment. “I had some passports of the other people. When […]

Forces deployed south of Kirkuk to protect minorities

Kirkuk, June 2018, Kakaiyi residents of Daquq are eager for protection. Photo: KirkukNow

Kirkuk – KirkukNow After a number of armed attacks and abductions last week, two forces from the federal police and Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF) were deployed in the Kakaiyi-resident villages of Daquq. Residents say the move may well decrease their fears and worries. Kakaiyi is a distinct sect, of which their people mostly populate the […]

PUK patience runs out over Kirkuk: official

Kirkuk, May 2018, the PUK election campaign to the parliamentary election. Photo; Aso Mamand's Facebook Page

The patience of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) over Kirkuk is “about to run out”, said the head of the PUK HQ in Kirkuk Aso Mamand, claiming that they have shown restraint to avoid any escalation. Speaking in a presser on 1 July, Mamand discussed the recent developments in Kirkuk, especially the recent blasts, […]

Attempts to raid ballot warehouses in Kirkuk failed

Kirkuk, 1 July, the aftermath of a car bomb explosion on Baghdad-Kirkuk road, near a ballot box warehouse of Kirkuk. Photo: KirkukNow exclusive

Two consecutive explosions targeted the ballot warehouses of Kirkuk on 1 July, in what an official called it a ‘failed attempt’ to raid the warehouses. Major-General Maan Saadi, the Law-enforcement commander in Kirkuk confirmed the news claiming they repelled a raid by “a car bomb” to enter the ballot warehouses. In a statement, Saadi said, […]

Wine in times of ISIS

Salahadin, June 2018, youths buy alcohol in the shop of Ashur’s father. Photo: KirkukNow

Karwan Salhi – Shargat Not so long ago, Muhammad Badri used to search every corner and alley seeking Ashur’s father. To relieve some of his concerns, he wanted to use the help of some liquor, and it could only be done through Ashur’s father. Longer ago, he had to pass 125km to reach Tikrit for […]

The last vase that was not finished

Kirkuk, June 2018, The unfinished vase of Jamal Gozachi, as his son and he died before completing it in Daquq. Photo: Muhammad Almas

Muhammad Almas – Kirkuk Jamal Gozachi, 72, realised his final wish when he died while making his last vase. The story goes with his father dying similarly, in his workshop while making his last vase. Jamal Zain-al-Din Kakaiyi, known as Jamal Gozachi (the potter), was famous in Kirkuk, especially Daquq district, when he died late […]

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