Kirkuk: Will parties reach consensus for a new governor?

In order to obtain the governorship of Kirkuk, the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) would need to gather seven different groups together in a meeting of the provincial council to approve its proposed candidate. Three Kurdish parties within the Brotherhood list, two Turkmen parties (Shia and Sunni), an Arab party and a Christian party need […]

In Pictures: Prde town after clashes between peshmerga and Iraqi forces

Iraqi forces took over Prde town also known as Altun Kupri, 11 days ago but normalcy has not returned to the town. Prde stands at the frontline between Iraqi forces and Kurdish peshmerga. Prde is 52km south of Erbil and was retaken by the Iraqi forces on 20th of October after a fierce battle which […]

Kurdish journalist murdered in south Kirkuk 

In the early hours of today, Monday, four masked gunmen entered the house of Arkan Sharif, a Kurdish journalist in south Kirkuk and stabbed him to death. The group of masked men entered the house in Daquq south of Kirkuk at approximately 2:30 am and locked up the journalist’s children and wife and stabbed him […]

The Dawn Tuz Khurmatu Fell
Killings and Human Rights Abuses

KirkukNow Civilians of Tuz Khurmatu, who caught up in house-to-house fighting between Iraqi army and Peshmarga forces, have suffered the most as the town again became the frontline of the ongoing conflict between Iraqi central government and Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). The attack by Iraqi forces on the district of Tuz Khurmatu has resulted in […]

Kurdish Intelligence Chief: People of Kirkuk should return home 

Lahur Shikh Jangi the intelligence chief of Parastin and Zanyari -Zanyari of the Kurdistan Reghional Government (KRG) calls on people of Kirkuk who have been dispalced as a result of recent tension to return to their homes in the city and should not have any fears. Shikh Jangi also said that the Iraqi forces attack […]

Baghdad retakes all the Disputed territories 

Iraqi federal forces have extended the rule of the federal government to all the disputed areas that fell into Kurdish hands in June 2014 after Islamic State attacked northern Iraq. Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi ordered the forces on Monday to retake all the areas in the disputed territories in Kirkuk, Nineveh, Salahaddin and Diyala. […]

Kirkuk: Police takes over security as army withdraws

Ibrahim Ali Units of Iraqi security forces have will withdraw from Kirkuk city today as police take over the security of the city and a new order will bar anyone from carrying unauthorised guns or face legal action. The new orders were announced in a press conference on Wednesday morning in which the head of […]

Nearly 25,000 people displaced from Kirkuk and Tuz Khormato

Haval Ghalib The Iraqi army attack on Kirkuk and Tuz Khormato on Monday have resulted in the displacement of 5,000 families. A source from the Human Rights Office in Chemchamal told Kirkuknow that 5,000 families estimated to be around 25,000 people have arrived in Chemchamal from Kirkuk and Tuz Khormato. Some of the families are […]

IDPs worry about military tension in Kirkuk

Karwan Salehi Hamdiya Mansour is a displaced woman from Hawijah and she is very happy that the security forces have retaken her hometown but she is also worried that she may not be able to go back because of the tension in the area between the Kurds and the Iraqi forces. Hamdiya pays 275,000 dinars […]

Kirkuk: If you see any abuses, contact Jwan

Ali Mahmoud Jwan Hasan Zangana lives in a turbulent time in Iraq and and resides in a city which is at the centre of the turmoil that has engulfed Iraq after Islamic State (ISIS) overran large part of northern Iran in June 2014. Over the last three years over 600,000 people fled from areas under […]

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