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

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.

Iraqi Kurdistan elects Nechirvan Barzani 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 Patriotic Union of Kurdistan.

Iraq's Kurdish parliament elects first woman speaker

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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 ...

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 ...

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.

Paul Iddon

Assad can't put Syrian-Kurdish genie back in the bottle

Comment: Following six years of de-facto self-rule, it's clear that Syria's Kurds have established themselves in ways impossible to undo, writes ...

The New Arab & agencies

Iraq issues arrest warrant for Kurdish referendum leader

Rebwar Talabani, head of the Kirkuk Provincial Council, was one of the architects of the September referendum in which an overwhelming ...

Marta Bellingreri

Challenges and hope for female parliamentary candidates in Iraq

In-depth: Nearly a third of the 7,000 candidates in Iraq's elections are women - but many have had campaign posters torn down and faced threats ...

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 ...

Robert Springborg

Building militaries in fragile states: Comparing US and Iran

Comment: In comparison to Iran's remarkably successful record of building militaries and their associated states, the US has little to show, ...

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 ...

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.

French president calls for Iraq militias to be disbanded French president calls for Iraq militias to be disbanded

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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 ...

The Iraq Report: Risk of legalised paedophilia grows

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The Iraq Report: Risk of legalised paedophilia grows

This week in Iraq: Kurdish leadership decries ‘treasonous elements’ over Kirkuk loss; Militias become more politically assertive and fears grow ...

Paul Iddon

'Treasonous elements colluded over Kirkuk,' says deposed Kurdish governor

Interview: Najmaldin Karim, the former governor of Kirkuk, speaks exclusively to The New Arab.

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.

Gareth Browne

Abadi must save his party ahead of saving Iraq

Analysis: Iraq's prime minister faces political turmoil ahead of next year's election, but with a string of recent successes he may yet survive, ...

The New Arab

The Iraq Report: The fall of Barzani

This week's round-up of events in Iraq

US welcomes Kurdish leader Barzani's resignation

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US welcomes Kurdish leader Barzani's resignation

The US State Department has praised Iraq's Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani's decision to step down after a calamitous independence referendum.

Paul Iddon

Divisions in Kurdish ranks drag up civil-war memories

Analysis: Baghdad's recent re-taking of Kirkuk came after a deal to withdraw Kurdish fighters loyal to one political faction, writes Paul Iddon.

Kurdish parliament: 'Barzani powers to be reallocated'

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Kurdish parliament: 'Barzani powers to be reallocated'

Despite scoring a major victory with a resounding 'yes' in the Kurdish independence referendum, Barzani now finds himself increasingly isolated ...

Iraqi forces assume control after Kurds leave disputed areas

The New Arab

Iraqi forces assume control after Kurds leave disputed areas

Kurdish forces withdrew from disputed areas across northern and eastern Iraq on Tuesday in a dramatic redeployment of fighters which opened the ...

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