Turkey raises oil threat after Iraqi Kurds back independence

By Maher Chmaytelli and Ece Toksabay ERBIL/ISTANBUL, Iraq, Sept 28 : Turkey threatened potentially crippling restrictions on oil trading with Iraqi Kurds on Thursday after they backed independence from Baghdad in a referendum that has alarmed Ankara as it faces a separatist insurgency from its own Kurdish minority. Iraq’s Kurds endorsed secession by nine to […]

Turnout high as Iraqi Kurds defy threats to hold independence vote

By Maher Chmaytelli and Michael Georgy ERBIL/SULAIMANIYA, Iraq, Sept 26 : Kurds voted in large numbers in an independence referendum in northern Iraq on Monday, ignoring pressure from Baghdad, threats from Turkey and Iran, and international warnings that the vote may ignite yet more regional conflict. The vote organised by Kurdish authorities is expected to […]

Iraqi government asks foreign countries to stop oil trade with Kurdistan

By Maher Chmaytelli BAGHDAD, Sept 24 : Iraq on Sunday urged foreign countries to stop importing crude directly from its autonomous Kurdistan region and to restrict oil trading to the central government. The call, published in statement from Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s office, came in retaliation for the Kurdistan Regional Government’s plan to hold a […]

Turkey’s Erdogan declares referendum victory, opponents plan challenge

By Tuvan Gumrukcu and Humeyra Pamuk ANKARA/ISTANBUL, Apr 17 : President Tayyip Erdogan declared victory in a referendum to grant him sweeping powers in the biggest overhaul of modern Turkish politics, but opponents said the vote was marred by irregularities and they would challenge its result. Yesterday Turkey’s mainly Kurdish southeast and its three main […]