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Analysis: Iraqi Kurdistan hopes to avoid becoming entangled in a regional cold war.

Iraq's new government has been completed, authorities confirmed on Saturday.

Iraqi Kurds blast Hezbollah chief Nasrallah over IS comments

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Iraqi Kurds blast Hezbollah chief Nasrallah over IS comments

The Iraqi Kurdish authority has issued a scathing response to claims by Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah that former Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani panicked when IS took control of northern Iraq.

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

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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 ...

Iraqi Kurdistan elects Nechirvan <em>Barzani</em> as new president

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Iraqi Kurdistan elects Nechirvan Barzani as new president

Nechirvan Barzani, the nephew of former president Masoud Barzani, was elected by 68 Kurdish MPs amid a boycott by the ...

Paul Iddon

Iraqi-Kurdish cooperation in Kirkuk vital for defeating Islamic State

Comment: Baghdad must recognise that a multiethnic joint security force would be much more effective at disrupting Islamic State activity, writes Paul Iddon.

Bashdar Ismaeel

Unease brews as Iraqi Kurds brace for crucial election

Comment: A year after the independence referendum, Iraq's Kurds will need to show unity in order to cement their leverage in Baghdad, writes ...

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The Iraq Report: Basra rages on; Iran doubles down

Our fortnightly round-up from Iraq features the latest from the anti-corruption protests, and Tehran attempting to bolster its influence while ...

Paul Iddon

Iran, Turkey up-the-ante with targeted attacks on Kurdish adversaries

Analysis: Stepping up assassinations on foreign soil may spark unprecedented violent reactions, writes Paul Iddon.

Are Kurds of Iraq and Syria about to reconcile?

Paul Iddon

Are Kurds of Iraq and Syria about to reconcile?

Analysis: A visit to Iraq by Syria's Kurds could signify thawing relations, writes Paul Iddon.

The New Arab

Iraqi-Kurdistan elections to take place in September

Iraqi-Kurdistan Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani has proposed holding elections in the region this September, following months of ...

How Iraqi Kurdistan's unity endured the flight ban

Paul Iddon

How Iraqi Kurdistan's unity endured the flight ban

Despite attempts by external parties to divide Iraqi Kurdistan following Erbil's declaration of independence - including an international flight ...

Who will Kurds support in Iraq's upcoming elections?

Paul Iddon

Who will Kurds support in Iraq's upcoming elections?

Analysis: Kurds remain divided ahead of May's poll, but many are likely to support incumbent prime minister Haidar al-Abadi, despite his ...

Iraqi, Turkish actions against Kurds give Islamic State respite

Paul Iddon

Iraqi, Turkish actions against Kurds give Islamic State respite

Analysis: Turning attention to claiming territory from Kurds in Iraq and Afrin risks allowing IS the space to regroup, writes Paul Iddon.

Why Iraqi Kurdistan is seeking better relations with Iran

Paul Iddon

Why Iraqi Kurdistan is seeking better relations with Iran

Analysis: Tehran's friendliness with Iraq's central government provides Erbil with a route back to Baghdad's good books, writes Paul Iddon.

The New Arab

The Iraq Report: Hopes of unity dashed

This week in Iraq: Baghdad’s heavy-handed approach towards its own citizens has tempered people’s expectations regarding a new Iraq that was representative of each of its component communities.

Paul Iddon

Iraq's penchant for the 'military option' with Kurdistan

Comment: The Iraqi army's operation in Kirkuk concluded almost a decade of efforts on Baghdad's part to force the hand of the Kurds, writes Paul ...

Paul Iddon

The narrowing distinctions between the PKK and its offshoots

Comment: Under fire from all sides, armed Kurdish groups are more likely to work together, writes Paul Iddon.

The New Arab

French president calls for Iraq militias to be disbanded

France President Emmanuel Macron has called for Iraqi militias to be disbanded during a meeting with Kurdish leaders who remain threatened by ...

Barzani's arrogance has damaged Kurdish hopes for independence

Gareth Browne

Barzani's arrogance has damaged Kurdish hopes for independence

Comment: Ex-President Masoud Barzani was the force driving a referendum that was doomed to fail - and ultimately ruined ...

Iraqi Kurdish politics undergoing momentous changes

Paul Iddon

Iraqi Kurdish politics undergoing momentous changes

Analysis: Talabani's death and Barzani's resignation herald a new era in Kurdish politics, writes Paul Iddon.

The Iraq Report: The fall of <em>Barzani</em>

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The Iraq Report: The fall of Barzani

This week's round-up of events in Iraq

Baghdad accuses Kurds of reneging on pullback deal

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Baghdad accuses Kurds of reneging on pullback deal

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi accused the Kurds of reneging on an agreement to withdraw their forces from disputed zones in the north of ...

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