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Comment: The trial of five Kurdish activists and journalists for 'spying' has left Kurds furious with their leaders. As hardship increases, they recoil against growing authoritarianism, writes Judit Neurink.

While there is obvious fury at the Islamic State, Iraqis have also expressed outrage at security forces and pro-Iran militias whom they blame for Iraq's endemic insecurity.

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.

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

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.

How Iran transformed post-war Iraq ties

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

How Iran transformed post-war Iraq ties

In the 17 years since the US-led invasion of Iraq, Iran's ancient allies have cycled through Iraq's corridors of power.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Macron backs Iraq 'sovereignty' on first Baghdad visit

French President Emmanuel Macron met Iraqi leaders, stressing the country's 'sovereignty'.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Macron arrives in Baghdad on first Iraq visit

Emmanuel Macron has arrived in Baghdad for talks with top-level Iraqi and Kurdish officials, the first head of state to visit the country since ...

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 ...

Sofia Nitti

Oil price crash plunges Iraqi Kurdistan into crisis

A crash in oil prices has plunged Iraqi Kurdistan into economic crisis, with Baghdad's budget cuts adding to the region's financial woes.

Syrian Kurdish authorities ban journalist who 'offended martyrs'

The New Arab

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 ...

The New Arab & agencies

Trump agrees US-Iraq 'security partnership'

More than 5,000 US troops are based in Iraq.

'President of Iran' Barham Salih meets Trump in Davos

The New Arab

'President of Iran' Barham Salih meets Trump in Davos

The White House quickly changed the video's title to hide the error, but not before screenshots of the gaffe were circulated widely on social ...

American VP avoids Baghdad leaders on 'stealthy' Iraq visit

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American VP avoids Baghdad leaders on 'stealthy' Iraq visit

In his first visit as vice president, Pence visited American troops at Ain al-Asad base in western Iraq's Anbar province, but was not expected ...

Protesters renew Iraq demonstrations in defiance of deadly crackdown

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Protesters renew Iraq demonstrations in defiance of deadly crackdown

Protesters in Iraq have defied a government crackdown which has left more than 300 people dead and renewed anti-corruption protests, as the UN ...

<em>Nechirvan</em> <em>Barzani</em>, Iraq's new Kurdistan president, is sworn in

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Nechirvan Barzani, Iraq's new Kurdistan president, is sworn in

Nechirvan Barzani was sworn in Monday as Iraqi Kurdistan's second president, succeeding his uncle and veteran leader Massud ...

The New Arab

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

The New Arab & agencies

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 ...

The New Arab & agencies

Turkish FM visits Erbil for talks with Iraqi-Kurdish leaders

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu arrived in the capital of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region on Sunday, as part of a two-day visit to ...

The New Arab & agencies

Iraqi Yazidis to accept children of IS 'sex slaves'

Thousands of Yazidi women were forced into slavery by IS and raped in 2014. Yazidis now say that the children of these rapes will be accepted ...

Prince of IS-ravaged Yazidi community dies in Germany

The New Arab

Prince of IS-ravaged Yazidi community dies in Germany

Prince Tahseen Said Ali died in a German hospital aged 85, according to the head of the Iraqi Kurdish region's head of Yazidi affairs.

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Baghdad to summon Turkey envoy over Kurdish protester death

Iraq said it would summon the Turkish ambassador over the death of a Kurdish protester after Turkish troops opened fire on demonstrators a day ...

Iraqis shun first election since defeat of IS

The New Arab & agencies

Iraqis shun first election since defeat of IS

More than half of the nearly 24.5 million voters did not show up at the ballot box in the parliamentary election, the highest abstention rate ...

Iraq elections: Meet the contenders

The New Arab

Iraq elections: Meet the contenders

With Iraqis expected to vote in some new faces and unusual alliances, who exactly are the main contenders for Baghdad's 329 parliamentary seats?

Iraq's Kurds risk shooting themselves in the foot

Tanya Goudsouzian and Lara Fatah

Iraq's Kurds risk shooting themselves in the foot

Comment: In mad scramble for seats in parliament, the fragmented political scene in the Kurdish region risks further weakening their position in ...

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