Voting for a new Kurdistan Region Parliament starts

KirkukNow Voting for a new parliament in the Kurdistan Region has started . An estimated 2 million 915 thousand people are eligible to vote in the September 30 elections for a total of 111 seats out of which 11 seats have been reserved for minorities. The Kurdistan Region’s Independent High Elections and Referendum Commission has […]

Who wins the race?
Mainly Six Kurdish political parties competing for seats in local Parliament

Ma’az Farhan- KirkukNow Amid fears of voter apathy and electoral fraud, the September 30 parliamentary elections in the Kurdistan Region put battling Kurdish political parties under a new test, and some predict the events of the last five years would have changed the political weight and popularity of some parties. More than 25 political entities […]

Two foreign journalists detained by Erbil security forces

KirkukNow Erbil security forces on Tuesday Sep. 25 detained two foreign journalists, Kristina Bogos, a US freelance journalist who works for several media establishments, including Middle East Eye, and Fazil Hawrami, a British citizen of Kurdish origin, who works as and an independent journalist for the Guardian and the al-monitor. Kristina Bogos told (KirkukNow) that […]

Despite shortcomings Kurdish schools curriculum in Kirkuk switches to English  

Kirkuk- KirkukNow Director of the supervision unit of Kurdish education in the multi-ethnic province of Kirkuk announced the start of a new plan to switch the curriculum of some of Kirkuk’s Kurdish schools to English. “The kick off of the new plan will be initiated in 4 Kurdish schools”, Parwin Fatih told (Kirkuk Now), noting […]

Hawija sends for more help to restore stability

Kirkuk- KirkukNow The Hawija district council is calling for the return of 600 SWAT (Special Weapons And Tactics) personnel to the town, 55 km southwest of Kirkuk province, to help restore security and stability there. Naji Hawas al-Jiburi, head of the council said in a press conference that “600 SWAT members who were previously serving […]

Shingal returnees unwillingly pursue their dreams off their hometown

Ammar Aziz- Ninawa After long time waiting, Akram’s family were able to return to their hometown Shingal, but once again they unwillingly chose the life of displacement. Akram Ilias Pirmoos is a 12th Grade student. Like many others who returned to Sinune sub-district in northeastern Shingal, he had almost no chance of finishing high school […]

Arab tribes form an all-volunteer force in southwestern Kirkuk

Karwan Salhi- Kirkuk Tribal leaders and dignitaries of Abbsi sub-district located in southwestern Kirkuk province have decided to form an all-volunteer force to protect their area from terrorist threats. Financial support needed to equip and pay salaries of the 500-strong force will be provided by the tribal leaders, a fraction of the civil servants monthly […]

The Eve of the Referendum: The calm before the storm

An unexpected facebook post is almost leaving what Barzani had been doing to prepare for a referendum on Kurdsih independence go rack and ruin and the dream of travelling around the world with a Kurdish passport is fading away. ” We have decided to accept the Coalition’s proposals as an alternative for the referendum”, this […]

Trade activities resume between Mosul and Duhok

Ammar Aziz- Ninawa After an 11-month-long halt, trade activity is planned to resume between Mosul and Duhok province. The decision has been made after normal traffic was restored for cargo transport trucks on the main road connecting Mosul with Duhok in the Kurdistan Region. The road was closed for more than 11 months in the […]

Fairuz- another survivor of the evil of ISIS- carried to safety

Fairuz, an 18 year old Ezidi girl spent 4 long years under ISIS terror and says they passed like they were one hundred years. Although she has been freed from ISIS captivity, she is still unhappy because her father, who was also held captive by the terrorist group in Syria, is still missing. In August […]

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