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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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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