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With a crumbling economy, rampant corruption and unpaid salaries, Iraqi Kurdistan's woes are intricately linked to the wider problems the country faces as a whole.

Comment: The brutal crackdown on anti-government protests is a dangerous way to react to the desperation of young, jobless people who have lost all trust in politics, writes Judit Neurink.

Why protests are raging in Iraqi Kurdistan

Alessandra Bajec

Why protests are raging in Iraqi Kurdistan

In-depth: With economic woes exacerbated by Covid-19 and the KRG's heavy-handed response to public anger, protests are expected to re-emerge in the future.

Rights monitor accuses Iraqi-Kurdish authorities of violating human rights

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Rights monitor accuses Iraqi-Kurdish authorities of violating human rights

The Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor has condemned Iraqi-Kurdish authorities after a violent crackdown on protesters.

'One dead' in Iraq protests, police shut TV station

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'One dead' in Iraq protests, police shut TV station

Demonstrations against the Kurdish regional government (KRG) and the region's main parties have broken out in recent days over months of public ...

The New Arab Staff

Governor of Iraqi-Kurdish Erbil province dies of coronavirus aged-42

Firsat Sofi, Erbil's governor died of coronavirus at the age of 42.

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Iraq Report: Kurd-on-Kurd violence as protesters clash with police

Kurd-on-Kurd violence intensifies between the PKK and the KRG, while Iraq's October Revolution is being revived and continued.

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The Iraq Report: Sectarian killings revive fears of strife

A mass killing and an attack on Kurdish political headquarters suggest ethno-sectarian tensions are flaring again, with many questioning whether ...

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Pro-Iran protesters torch Kurd party offices in Baghdad

Supporters of Hashed al-Shaabi on Saturday burned down the main Kurdish party's headquarters in Baghdad after criticism from a Kurdish ...

The Iraq Report: US troop withdrawal risks drone warfare

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The Iraq Report: US troop withdrawal risks drone warfare

A drawdown of American diplomacy and the withdrawal of US land forces could instead herald enhanced military involvement in Iraq using air ...

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Turkish drone kills 2 Iraqi officers in Kurdish region

An alleged Turkish drone attack killed two Iraqi officers in the north of the country on Tuesday, authorities said.

Erbil denies handing Syria Kurd official's niece to Turkey

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Erbil denies handing Syria Kurd official's niece to Turkey

The interior ministry in northern Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdish region dismissed the accusation from the family of Dalia Mahmoud Muslim, ...

Bankrupt Kurdistan is no longer 'the other Iraq'

Judit Neurink

Bankrupt Kurdistan is no longer 'the other Iraq'

Comment: The Kurdistan region of Iraq has hit rock bottom. What was once a promising 'other Iraq' is now a politically and financially bankrupt ...

Syrian Kurdish authorities ban journalist who 'offended martyrs'

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Syrian Kurdish authorities ban journalist who 'offended martyrs'

Rudaw reporter Vivian Fatah has been banned from reporting for two months after she said Syrian Kurdish fighters were 'killed' rather than ...

Turkey bombs Iraqi Kurdistan after killing of diplomat

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Turkey bombs Iraqi Kurdistan after killing of diplomat

Turkey said it destroyed PKK targets in the mountains of Iraqi Kurdistan on Thursday after one of its diplomats was shot dead in the regional ...

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The Iraq Report: Joint Turkey-Iran offensive against Kurds commences

This week, Turkey attempts to terminate the PKK threat emanating from Iraq, Kurdish factions elect Nechirvan Barzani and Shia clerics mobilise supporters to demonstrate against rising US and Iran hostilities.

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Iraq's Kurdish parliament elects first woman speaker

During the Iraqi-Kurdish parliament's first session since the September polls, deputies chose Vala Farid from former regional leader Massud ...

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Iraq approves three new ministers amid political deadlock

Iraq's parliament approved three new ministers on Tuesday but broke up before voting on the five remaining posts, leaving the deadlock over ...

Bashdar Ismaeel

Ankara's military build-up heralds tough choices for Washington

Comment: The US has tried to sit on the fence between local allies in the SDF and regional allies in Ankara, but the situation is increasingly ...

Top Kurdish leader, Iraq premier meet as ties thaw

The New Arab & agencies

Top Kurdish leader, Iraq premier meet as ties thaw

Massoud Barzani met with Iraq's new prime minister on Thursday in a further sign of improving ties between Baghdad and Erbil.

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Ruling KDP leads in Kurdistan election, early polls say

The ruling KDP is far ahead in the vote, with its junior coalition partner the PUK earning less than half its votes so far.

Iraq elects Kurd as president, designates new prime minister

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Iraq elects Kurd as president, designates new prime minister

Barham Saleh, a 58-year-old moderate, has served both as Iraqi deputy premier and Kurdish prime minister.

Kurdish parties compete over Iraq presidency for first time

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Kurdish parties compete over Iraq presidency for first time

With parliament summoned to elect a new Iraqi president, the Kurds' two historic parties are for the first time contesting the post which is ...

Iraqi Kurds head to the polls for new parliament

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Iraqi Kurds head to the polls for new parliament

Early polls indicate that turnout is down considerable for the vote, which comes a year after Iraqi Kurds overwhelmingly backed an independence ...

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