Gunmen open fire and enter Erbil governorate building in Iraq’s Kurdish region-officials

By Azad Lashkari ERBIL, Iraq, July 23 : Gunmen entered the governorate building in Erbil, the seat of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in northern Iraq on Monday, and fired from windows at security forces, a deputy governor of the city and Kurdish security officials said. Two policemen were wounded. Security forces have cleared the […]

Kurdish clashes raise tension as opposition cries foul in Iraq vote

By John Davison and Ali Sultan KIRKUK/SULAIMANIYA, Iraq, May 13 : No sooner had polls closed in Iraq’s Kurdish city of Sulaimaniya than anger at an unexpected sweep for its maligned dominant party boiled over. Gunfire between rival militias quickly erupted. The nighttime clashes had subsided by Sunday morning as Iraq’s election commission tallied the […]

After failed independence bid, disillusioned Kurds to vote in Iraqi poll

By Raya Jalabi ERBIL/KIRKUK, Iraq, May 10 : Six months ago, Iraq’s Kurds believed they’d never have to participate in a national election again, having just voted for their century-old dream of an independent state. But on Saturday, they head to the polls, disillusioned with the political elites who led their failed independence bid. Their […]

Russia’s Rosneft holds key to fixing Iraqi Kurdistan oil flows – sources

By Ahmed Aboulenein and Dmitry Zhdannikov ERBIL, Iraq/LONDON, March 5 : Russian state oil company Rosneft has emerged with an important role in talks between Iraq’s government and Iraqi Kurdistan on resuming full oil exports from the semi-autonomous region, two industry sources said. The central government took charge of half of the oil fields that […]

Turkey says Russia stopped deal for Syrian forces to help Afrin Kurds

By Gulsen Solaker and Ellen Francis ANKARA/BEIRUT, Feb 20 : Turkey won Russia’s backing to block a deal that would have seen Syrian pro-government forces enter territory held by Kurdish militia fighters to help them resist an advance by Turkish troops, Ankara said on Tuesday. The move illustrates the increasingly tangled battlefield in northern Syria, […]

Friend or foe? Assad quietly aids Syrian Kurds against Turkey

By Laila Bassam and Tom Perry ALEPPO, Syria/BEIRUT, Feb 11 : Syria’s U.S.-backed Kurds are getting indirect help from an unlikely source in their war against Turkey in the northwestern region of Afrin: President Bashar al-Assad. Pro-government forces and Kurdish-led forces have fought each other elsewhere in Syria and Damascus opposes the Kurds’ demands for […]