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

The colourful LGBT flag was raised in Baghdad to mark the International Day Against Homophobia, prompting praise but mostly backlash online and in the halls of Iraqi power.

Press freedom activists condemn Iraqi-Kurdish authorities' arrest of journalists

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Press freedom activists condemn Iraqi-Kurdish authorities' arrest of journalists

The Iraqi Kurdish authorities are attempting to 'stamp out news coverage that makes the government uncomfortable' by arresting reporters covering a protest, says the Committee to Protect Journalists.

The significance of Qasem Soleimani's assassination

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The significance of Qasem Soleimani's assassination

Qasem Soleimani's death has shocked the Middle East, but it might ultimately prove a more symbolic blow to Iran rather than a strategic one, ...

Iraqi demonstrators face live fire as protests persist

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Iraqi demonstrators face live fire as protests persist

A group of protesters tried to cross a bridge in Baghdad but were met with live rounds from security forces as anti-government demonstrations ...

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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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The Iraq Report: Iran critics assassinated

This week's round-up of under-reported news from Iraq focuses on violence faced by those who dare call for an end to Iran's influence in Iraq.

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Iraqi forces deploy in Kirkuk amid Kurdish flag dispute

Iraq's counter-terrorism chief gave President Barham Saleh's PUK until noon on Friday to lower the red, white, green and yellow flag of ...

The Iraq Report: A year of instability, chaos, corruption

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The Iraq Report: A year of instability, chaos, corruption

The last of our regular round-ups from Iraq tackles the highs and lows of 2018.

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The Iraq Report

Our fortnightly round-up from Iraq features Baghdad refusing to comply with any sanctions imposed on Tehran by Washington because 'the Trump ...

Ruling KDP leads in Kurdistan election, early polls say

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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 ...

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 Bashdar Ismaeel.

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The Iraq Report: Changing of guard won't change Iraq

Our fortnightly round-up from Iraq features more on the new premier, Adel Abdul Mahdi, who has close ties to both Iran and the United States.

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Iraqi Kurds to elect new parliament after referendum 'backfire'

Barzani's still-dominant Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) will face established rivals, the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) and the ...

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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 ...

Campaigning begins for Iraqi Kurdish parliamentary vote

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Campaigning begins for Iraqi Kurdish parliamentary vote

The election is not expected to change the political map in Kurdistan, experts say, but could shed light on the divisions that emerged after ...

Iraq begins hand recount of May ballots from Kirkuk

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Iraq begins hand recount of May ballots from Kirkuk

Iraq's federal elections in May were marred by allegations of fraud and irregularities, largely blamed on electronic voting machines meant to ...

The Iraq Report: Iraqi democracy smoulders amid political violence

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The Iraq Report: Iraqi democracy smoulders amid political violence

Investigating the fire at the ballot warehouse after the recount was ordered - our weekly round-up of the latest news from Iraq.

The Iraq Report: Turkey's silent invasion of Iraq

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The Iraq Report: Turkey's silent invasion of Iraq

Our weekly round-up of events in Iraq this week features Ankara's attack on the PKK in the Qandil mountains.

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