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 […]

Oil Ministry: We don’t ban Kurdish language

Kirkuk, 2016, North Oil Company in Kirkuk. Photo: Karwan Salhi

KirkukNow Chief Inspector at Iraq’s Oil Ministry, Hamdan Ujel, clarifies the controversial memo he sent to the North Gas Company concerning the use of language and claims he “did not mean to ban the Kurdish language”. The clarification was given to the Kurdish MP in Kirkuk Rebwar Taha, through a phone call. Taha told KirkukNow, […]

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. […]

WADI says awareness of FGM growing

WADI staff delivering a seminar about the rights of vulnerable groups

KirkukNow In a statement released on 14 August, the rights group WADI said the awareness of female genital mutilation (FGM) is growing in the Kurdistan region. More organizations “acknowledge the urgency of the situation,” according to WADI, including UN agencies. WADI has been working on the issue since its commencement in 2004, “WADI has been […]

The day Nadia returned home

Kocho village, Sinjar, 1 June 2017, Nadia Murad is sitting where the Islamic State [ISIS] gathered all people of Sinjar in August 2014 when they took over the city. Photo: Fazil Hawrami

Fazil Hawrami Nadia Murad, an Ezidi survivor of the Islamic State (ISIS) and a Goodwill Ambassador of the United Nations, returned home in Sinjar, Kocho village, after three years of departure. Nadia returned home on 1 June 2017, where 12 of her siblings are still missing due to the ISIS raid, where she lost her […]

Kakaiyis look for safety
Tens of families fled Daquq to Qarahanjir

Kirkuk, June 2018, the residents of Daquq villages [south of Kirkuk] need protection. Photo: KirkukNow

Muhammad Almas – Kirkuk Sardar is living far from home, in the hope of finding a haven. Along with tens of other Kakaiyi families, his family left their village in Daquq district, south of Kirkuk, to Qarahanjir town. They cannot return yet. Sardar Fatah said, “The Islamic State [ISIS] militants are the reason behind our […]

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