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 […]

Ezidis are discontent
Tens of Arab families return to Sinjar

Khazir camp, 13 December 2016, Mosul refugees in Khazir camp. Photo: Reuters

Muhannad Sinjari – Ninawa The return of tens of Arab families to Sinjar (also called Shangal) under the supervision of the Iraqi army, without any coordination with the local administration, caused discontent among Ezidis. On 28 August, around 100 Arab-ethnic families were returned to Kulat village, Snune town in Sinjar district, under the direct supervision […]

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 […]

Acting governor calls for closing 150 NGOs in Kirkuk

Kirkuk, 2017, A child is carrying drinking water in a refugee camp of Lailan, east of Kirkuk. Photo: KirkukNow

Karwan Salhi – KirkukNow The acting governor of Kirkuk, Rakan Saeed, called on the federal police and Anti-terrorism forces to close down 150 NGOs registered in the Kurdistan region in Kirkuk, based on a decree of the Ministers Council and the law of the NGOs in Iraq. The decision was issued based on the NGO […]

100 families resume business on Kirkuk-Erbil road

Kirkuk, 27 August 2018, Hamaamin Ibrahim with his nine year-old son visits his recently opened shop, closed previously due to the confrontation between peshmerga and federal forces on 16 October 2017. Photo: Karwan Salhi

Karwan Salhi – Kirkuk His items were all broken due to the fires of the confrontation last year, but Hamaamin enters his shop on the Kirkuk-Erbil road, “Now the business is booming here and I have to resume my work in the shop,” he said. He closed down his shop for 10 months, like many […]

Transportation goes ‘smoothly’ on newly-opened Kirkuk-Erbil road

Kirkuk, August 2018, the reopening of Kirkuk-Erbil road after ten months of closure. Photo: KirkukNow

Soran Muhamad – Kirkuk People make four stops on a 90km road between Erbil and Kirkuk, with each checkpoint conducting its questioning and background check. They still do not complain, believing the treatment of checkpoints are fair and legal. Himdad Ahmed, a civilian who reached Kirkuk from Erbil, considered the federal police checkpoint as “normal” […]

PM al-Abadi dissolved PMF decree to withdraw from Ninawa

Mosul, 22 February 2017, the operation of the Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF) against the Islamic State (ISIS) in the west of Ninawa. Photo courtesy of the PMF media

Ninawa – KirkukNow The commander-in-chief of Iraq decided to dissolve two decrees previously issued by the management of the Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF) concerning their withdrawal in Ninawa and some other areas. The management of PMF decided to redeploy and withdraw from some areas inside Ninawa, one year after its liberation. A decree from al-Abbadi, […]

Multiple explosions, wounds in Eid al-Adha in Kirkuk

Kirkuk, July 2017, one of the traditional markets of the city. Photo: Bnar Sardar

Kirkuk-KirkukNow Multiple explosions occurred during the four days of Eid al-Adha in Kirkuk (21-24 August) wounding a number of civilians and the security forces. On the eve of the first day of the Eid, a planted bomb targeted a convoy of federal police near the Airport Highway in Rashad township, wounding three officers, a security […]

On government formation
Turkmen Front warns Kurdish parties

Kirkuk, 22 August 2018, the leadership of Turkmen Front express their views on the formation of a government. Photo: KirkukNow

Kirkuk – KirkukNow The Turkmen Front warned the Kurdish leadership that solving the disputed areas issue goes through the front, not the major Iraqi parties that are attempting to form the government. The front also warns against any agreement to run the disputed areas through accords with Shia and Sunni leadership. The message was given […]

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 […]

Photo Gallery