Woman protests alone in Khanaqin

Akhlas Majid decided to start a protest alone on 16 July against the shortage of basic services. Photo: Hawre Azad

Hawre Azad – Diyala A female activist started to protest alone in Kahanqin, against the shortage of basic services in the town, calling on other people to join her. Akhals Majid headed to the town’s main square on 16 July, to voice her discontent against the shortage of the public electricity and drinking water. She […]

Internet shut down hurt media outlets

KirkukNow news website could not cover the developments of the disputed areas efficently due to the lack of connectivity

Narin Rostam Journalists and media outlets could not perform their task efficently once the internet shutdown occured in the disputed areas. From mid-14 July to 18 the internet access was no longer available in many areas, as the social media websites were blocked in all Iraq, including the Kurdistan region. The blockade was at a […]

What is happening in Iraq?
Protests grow without new parliament

Baghdad, 30 June 2018, the last advisory session of the third tenure of the Iraqi parliament. Photo: Parliament media

  KirkukNow As parliament’s tenure has expired, the Iraqi government cannot be monitored, while the country suffers from complications without any new legislation. The parliament’s tenure, per the instructions of the constitution, ended in July 2018, while the new parliament’s mandate is yet to begin due to the delay in approving election results. The manual […]

No internet in disputed areas
Social Media blocked in Iraq and Kurdistan Region

Basra, 12 July 2018, discontent protestors fire tires in the gate of the city. Photo: Reuters

KirkukNow The access to the internet is blocked in Kirkuk and other disputed areas, while only Social media has been blocked in Iraq and the Kurdistan region. KirkukNow learnt that no internet service is providing the internet in Kirkuk, Mosul, Diyala, Salahadin and some other provinces of Iraq, along with telecommunication companies as well. The […]

Calling for temporary quota
Yazidis seek five seats in Kurdish parliament

Lalish, April 2018, the Red Wednesday ceremony of Yazidi component. Photo: Heman Baban

KirkukNow Prominent figures of the Yazidi component seek five seats in the Kurdish parliament for the upcoming election, as a “temporary measure” until the implementation article 140 of the Iraqi constitution which deals with the administration of the disputed areas between Erbil and Baghdad. For that purpose, the prominent figures of Yazidis have formed a […]

PUK in Kirkuk: Our votes increased, our seats remain the same

Kirkuk, July 2018, The manual recount of votes for the 12 May parliamentary election. Photo: KirkukNow

Karwan Salhi – KirkukNow After 25% of the ballots were manually recounted in Kirkuk province, the embattled Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) claims vote increase and retaining the same number of seats. Most of the Kurdish and non-Kurdish political parties claimed that PUK rigged the election results in the province, hence asking for a manual […]

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 […]

Growing influence of ISIS in Kirkuk, reasons and recommendations

Kirkuk, mid-2014, a number of Islamic State militants in their base in Mala Abdulla village of south Kirkuk. Photo: KirkukNow

  Yassen Taha Late in June 2014, the spokesman of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) issued a video footage announcing a name change, from the widely used the “Islamic State in Iraq and Syria” to only the “Islamic State”. With the announcement of the “Islamic Caliphate”, Abubakar al-Baghdadi proclaimed himself a “Caliph […]

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 […]

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