House divided
Kurds head to Baghdad apart

Iraq, September 2017, A child riding his bike with the flag of Kurdistan region. Photo: Reuters

Maaz Farhan – KirkukNow Seven political parties, three alliances, enter discussions to form the Iraqi government, without a unified agenda on their demands, including the issue of the “disputed areas”. Seven Kurdish parties could win seats in the 12 May election of Iraqi parliament, yet despite their campaign promises to maintain the unity of Kurdish […]

After two months of investigation
Case of Halawa’s death leads nowhere

Halawa Nasradin, 65, with her oldest son, Jumaa Abdulkarim. Photo: KirkukNow exclusive

Soran Muhammad – Kirkuk After two months of investigation by a committee formed by the Iraqi government, the murder case of Halawa Nasradin, 65, and wounding of three others have no results. On 13 June, an Anti-terrorism unit was attacked in Shoraw, Kirkuk, with grenades. The group opened fire. The shootout resulted in killing Halawa […]

Militants leave no space to rest
New wave of displacement returns in Kirkuk

Kirkuk, 4 October 2017, Displaced families from Hawija reach Maktab Khalid in the southwest of Kirkuk. Photo: Soran Muhammad

Kirkuk – KirkukNow Abdulla Obeidi did not rest much in his village after the liberation process when he was, once again, forced to move as militants started to threaten his family again. Obeidi, like many others, used to live in a village in the environs of Riyadh of Hawija district in Kirkuk. He returned to […]

Erbil governor promises easy access with Kirkuk passengers

Erbil, 20 August 2018, Nawzad Hadi, Erbil governor, visited the Sherawa checkpoint and promised to facilitate for passengers coming from Kirkuk. Photo: K24 website

Kirkuk – KirkukNow The governor of Erbil Nawzad Hadi promised a smooth access to Erbil for passengers coming from Kirkuk, following the official reopening of the bridge between the two cities on 19 August. The road between Erbil and Kirkuk was closed since the federal raid on the disputed areas on 16 October 2017, where […]

Rapid Response forms inclusive armed force for Tuz Khurmatu

Salahadin, February 2017, the Rapid Response Forces in Tuz Khurmatu. Photo courtesy of the Rapid Response Force.

Zhino Khalil – Salahadin The Rapid Response Force has been supervising an armed force for Tuz Khurmatu, to which enrollment has already started. KirkukNow learnt that the force includes the youths of all ethnic groups, Turkmens, Arabs and Kurds. The force will be under the Rapid Response and part of the ministry of interior. The […]

Arabic education spreads in Kirkuk

A Kurdish education class in Kirkuk province for the 2017-2018 school year. Photo: Soran Muhammad

Soran Muhammad – Kirkuk A number of Kurdish families enrol their children in Arabic education, believing that the administration cares more for the department. Among other factors, they believe their children may have better chances of employment in the future, as some want their children to learn Arabic. The schools in Kirkuk have been divided […]

Federal Court summons Kirkuk governor and head of Daquq District Council

Daquq, September 2017, the building of Daquq District Council before the federal raid of 16 October

Kirkuk – KirkukNow The federal court summoned both the acting governor of Kirkuk Rakan Saeed and the head of the Daquq District Council (DDC), Jalil Ibrahim, to testify over the dismissal of the mayor of Daquq, who appealed against his dismissal. The court issued the call on 13 August, a copy of which has been […]

Iron bridge about to finish
The timeline for reopening Kirkuk-Erbil road revealed

Kirkuk, August 2018, the iron bridge instalment project on Prde bridge. Photo: Federal Police

Kirkuk – KirkukNow Installing a temporary iron bridge in Prde [Altun Kopri] town is about to finish, and the federal police expect the road between Kirkuk and Erbil to be open two days before the Eid al-Adha, 19 August. The project started earlier in August, to be finished in 20-30 days, while the whole bridge […]

Agricultural land contracts suspended for Arab citizens in Kirkuk

Kirkuk, 2012, a farmer working on his farm. Photo: KirkukNow

Kirkuk – KirkukNow The federal government of Iraq has decided to suspend the process of renewing land contracts for Arab citizens in Kirkuk, following calls by Turkmen and Kurd representatives to do so. Agricultural lands have been a controversy for some time now, due to the demographic changes conducted by the former regime in Iraq. […]

Success story
Shno and Kalsum are top graduates

Shno Yusuf and Kalsum Saud are top students in science and humanities departments in Kirkuk. Photo: Muhamamd Abdulkhaliq

Muhammad Abdulkhaliq – Kirkuk Studying in a small room in an old house in Kirkuk, they could barely move while preparing for the final exams of their high school. Both Shno and Kalsum could make it on top without any private tutors and training courses. Poor financial conditions could not challenge them. Shno and Kalsum […]

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