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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

The New Arab Staff

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.

Iraq death toll rises amid crackdown on protests

The New Arab Staff

Iraq death toll rises amid crackdown on protests

Security forces in Iraq's northern Kurdish region fired live rounds at protesters, amid days of ongoing demonstrations against late salary ...

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

'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 sector pay cuts and delayed wages.

The New Arab Staff

Qatar sends field hospitals to treat Iraq's coronavirus patients

Qatar has sent two field hospitals, including medical supplies and 250 beds, to help Iraq in its ongoing battle with Covid-19.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Iraq airspace reopens after months of virus lockdown

Before boarding, passengers at Baghdad International Airport were required to show negative Covid-19 test results to airport staff wearing masks ...

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Iraq virus spike risks pushing doctors over the edge

The country's overall death toll is heading towards 2,000, with official daily fatalities starting to top 100 in the past week - and doctors ...

'Disrespectful': Iraqi makeup influencer slammed for 'coronavirus look'

The New Arab

'Disrespectful': Iraqi makeup influencer slammed for 'coronavirus look'

Fatima Aldewan, who has more than 80,000 followers on Instagram, posted a coronavirus make-up look.

The New Arab & agencies

Coronavirus curfew shuts down cities in Iraq's Kurdish region

Life has come to a standstill in Iraq's autonomous northern Kurdish region as authorities battle the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Kurdish protesters storm Turkish army base in northern Iraq

The New Arab & agencies

Kurdish protesters storm Turkish army base in northern Iraq

Demonstrators had gathered outside the Turkish-operated base in the north-western Duhok region in anger over the deaths of four civilians last ...

Baghdad ends air blockade of Iraqi Kurdistan: PM

The New Arab & agencies

Baghdad ends air blockade of Iraqi Kurdistan: PM

Iraqi authorities said Tuesday they had ended a nearly six-month air blockade imposed on Iraqi Kurdistan in response to its holding of an ...

The Iraq Report: Hopes of unity dashed

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 ...

The Iraq Report: Kurdistan in turmoil

The New Arab

The Iraq Report: Kurdistan in turmoil

This week in Iraq: Kurdish politicians are being blamed for an ongoing and deep economic crisis, leading to deadly protests and the resignations ...

The New Arab

Hundreds detained in Iraqi Kurdistan amid corruption protests

More than 600 people have been detained in Iraqi Kurdistan since protests began last week over corruption and the fallout from a failed bid for independence.

The New Arab & agencies

Iraqi Kurdish ministers resign amid deadly anti-corruption protests

Five Iraqi Kurdish ministers from two parties have resigned amid violent street protests in Sulaimaniyah over delayed salaries, poor ...

The New Arab & agencies

Troops lock down Iraqi Kurdistan's second city after riots

Army troops and anti-riot police close off Sulaimaniyah city on Wednesday, after five people were killed and dozens more were wounded ...

The New Arab & agencies

Violent protests rock Iraqi Kurdistan over failed independence referendum

Protests in Iraqi Kurdistan saw at least three people killed and over 80 injured on Tuesday, as anger raged for a second day at the disastrous ...

Iraqi army seizes Kirkuk oil fields from Kurdish forces

The New Arab

Iraqi army seizes Kirkuk oil fields from Kurdish forces

Iraq's military seized two major oil fields from Kurdish forces outside the disputed city of Kirkuk, the army said in a statement on Monday.

The New Arab & agencies

Kurds, Iraqi forces in standoff in oil-rich Kirkuk

Thousands of Iraqi troops were locked in an armed standoff with Kurdish Peshmerga forces in the disputed oil-rich province of Kirkuk on Saturday.

Row breaks out over Kurd flag on Talabani coffin

The New Arab & agencies

Row breaks out over Kurd flag on Talabani coffin

A row has broken out over the use of the Kurdish flag rather than Iraq's colours at former president Jalal Talabani's funeral, at a time of ...

Last plane leaves Iraqi Kurdistan as flight-ban takes effect Last plane leaves Iraqi Kurdistan as flight-ban takes effect

The New Arab & agencies

Last plane leaves Iraqi Kurdistan as flight-ban takes effect

Foreigners scrambled to leave Iraqi Kurdistan on Friday while Kurds have shared their frustrations at cancelled travel plans after Baghdad ...

Overwhelming 92 percent 'yes' vote in Kurdish independence referendum Overwhelming 92 percent 'yes' vote in Kurdish independence referendum

The New Arab & agencies

Overwhelming 92 percent 'yes' vote in Kurdish independence referendum

Iraqi Kurds announced an overwhelming 'yes' for independence on Wednesday following a referendum that has incensed Baghdad and sparked regional ...

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