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Iraqi forces seize Kirkuk governor's office in push against Kurds

2017-10-17 10:15

Iraqi forces have seized the Kirkuk governor's office, key military sites and an oil field as they swept across the disputed province following soaring tensions with Kurds over an independence referendum.

Iraq troops in armed standoff with Kurd forces

2017-10-14 18:19

Thousands of Iraqi troops are locked in an armed standoff with Kurdish forces in the disputed oil province of Kirkuk as Washington scrambles to avert fighting.

Iraq cuts Kurdistan air links with outside world

2017-09-30 10:13

Iraq's government cut the autonomous northern Kurdish region's direct air links with the outside world indefinitely following a massive "yes" in a referendum on independence.

Erdogan: Kurdish vote risks 'ethnic and sectarian war'

2017-09-27 09:24

Recept Tayyip Erdogan has threatened to impose sanctions against the Iraqi semi-autonomous Kurdish region - a day after it held a controversial referendum - saying it "will be left in a lurch" and its people would go hungry.

UN chief concerned about Iraqi Kurd referendum

2017-09-26 12:49

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has expressed concern about the potentially destabilising effects of a referendum held by Kurds on independence from Iraq.

Kirkuk Kurds hail independence

2017-09-25 19:05

For Iraqi Kurds, the purple finger tip is a badge of honour, a sign that they have voted in Monday's referendum on independence for the autonomous northern region.

Iran blocks all Iraqi Kurdistan flights ahead of poll

2017-09-25 07:03

Iran has blocked all flights to and from Iraq's Kurdistan at the request of Baghdad, a day before the autonomous region holds an independence referendum that Tehran opposes.

Iraq brings all remaining ISIS territory under attack

2017-09-21 18:19

Iraq has brought all of its territory still held by Islamic State group under attack, throwing the jihadists on the defensive across their self-proclaimed "caliphate" extending into neighbouring Syria.

German police stop truck with 51 migrants

2017-09-16 16:38

Germany's federal police say they have stopped a truck near the German-Polish border with 51 people squeezed inside, among them 17 children.

52 killed, scores injured in Iraq attacks by ISIS

2017-09-14 19:26

Gunmen and suicide car bombers have killed at least 52 people and wounded almost 100 others, making it the deadliest ISIS attack since July.

 

Iraq, Kurds in crisis talks over Kirkuk stand-off

2017-10-15 16:08

The presidents of Iraq and Iraqi Kurdistan have held talks to defuse an escalating crisis, after a deadline for Kurdish forces to withdraw from disputed positions was extended by 24 hours.

Iraqi military preparing to take control of Kurdish borders

2017-10-01 07:47

Iraq's military is preparing to take control of the international borders of the northern Kurdish region.

Massive 'yes' vote in Iraqi Kurd independence referendum

2017-09-27 18:55

Iraq's Kurds announced a massive "yes" vote for independence, following a referendum that has incensed Baghdad and sparked international concern.

Big 'yes' vote expected for Iraqi Kurd independence

2017-09-26 20:00

Iraq's Kurds are expecting the announcement of a big "yes" vote for independence, as authorities in Baghdad weighed how to respond to a referendum they considered illegal.

Tensions rise as Iraq Kurds defy Baghdad

2017-09-26 06:12

Iraq's Kurds defied widespread opposition to vote in a historic independence referendum, sparking fresh tensions with Baghdad.

Iraq Kurds defy Baghdad in historic independence vote

2017-09-25 13:55

Iraqi Kurds voted in an independence referendum Monday, defying warnings from Baghdad and their neighbours in a historic step towards a national dream.

Iraq's Kurds set for independence vote

2017-09-24 17:22

Iraqi Kurds were preparing to vote in a referendum set for Monday on independence for their autonomous northern region, despite warnings within the country and from its neighbours Iran and Turkey.

Iran warns Iraq Kurds independence means end to border deals

2017-09-18 05:01

Iran has warned that independence for Iraqi Kurdistan would mean an end to all border and security arrangements with the regional government.

Iraq attack death toll rises to 84

2017-09-15 14:35

Gunmen and suicide bombers killed at least 84 people in southern Iraq in the deadliest attack by the Islamic State group since it lost second city Mosul, according to a new toll released on Friday.

Iraqi Kurds to vote on independence despite region's fears

2017-09-14 14:59

Despite calls from Baghdad and the US to postpone the vote, Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdish region is pressing ahead with plans to hold a referendum on independence.

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