Iraq Orders 24-Hour Ceasefire in Areas Disputed With Kurds

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi ordered the suspension of military operations in areas disputed with the country’s Kurdish minority, the first sign of a rapprochement since their vote for independence last month. The 24-hour ceasefire will allow a joint Iraqi and Kurdish team to deploy federal Iraqi forces to the areas, Abadi said in a […]

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Kurdistan prepared to freeze referendum results amid clashes and oil effects

Dubai — Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) said it’s prepared to freeze the results of last month’s independence referendum, which triggered deadly clashes with government troops and hurt oil exports. The KRG also proposed an immediate ceasefire and talks with the central government in Baghdad “on the basis of the constitution”. “As Iraq and […]

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U.S. Raises Alarm as Iraq Army Seizes Oil-Rich Kirkuk From Kurds

President Donald Trump signaled increasing U.S. alarm about the situation in northern Iraq after forces loyal to Baghdad seized the headquarters of Kirkuk’s provincial administration on Monday, threatening to escalate tensions over Kurdish autonomy and pushing oil prices higher. “We’re not taking sides, but we don’t like the fact that they’re clashing,” Trump told reporters […]

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As ISIS Nears Defeat, Old Rivalries Flare Up With Oil at Stake

In 2014, when Islamic State rushed into northern Iraq, the region’s rival factions and their international backers turned their attention to defeating the extremists despite old rivalries, sectarian divisions, and differing agendas. Three years later, as Islamic State nears defeat, having been expelled from its stronghold of Mosul and its self-proclaimed capital of Raqqa, many […]

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Kurdistan’s Isolation Deepens as Iraq Severs Banking Links

Iraqi authorities halted key financial transactions with the country’s Kurdish region, deepening its isolation after last week’s overwhelming vote in favor of independence. The central bank banned lenders with headquarters in the northern Kurdistan region from taking part in dollar auctions, according to a central bank official who asked not to be named. Banks based in […]

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Airstrikes on Islamic State-held Syrian city kill 12

Elias Hubbard June 10, 2017 Retaking Raqqa would be a strategic victory for forces battling to roll back the group’s territorial gains, though it won’t be sufficient to halt terrorist attacks, according to Sami Nader, head of the Beirut-based Levant Institute for Strategic Affairs. Last week, it was reported that the US -backed forces have […]

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