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

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

Iraqi Kurdish politics undergoing momentous changes

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.

The Iraq Report: The fall of Barzani

The New Arab

The Iraq Report: The fall of Barzani

This week's round-up of events in Iraq

Divisions in Kurdish ranks drag up civil-war memories

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.

The New Arab & agencies

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 in the political realm

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 ...

Gareth Browne

Abadi's capture of Kirkuk might just save Iraq

Comment: Abadi's recapture of Kirkuk doesn't render him an enemy of the Kurdish cause, but he and the Kurds need each other to avoid a vicious ...

Row breaks out over Kurd flag on <em>Talabani</em> 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 ...

The New Arab

Former Iraqi president laid to rest in Kurdistan region

Iraqi-Kurdish political titan Jalal Talabani has been buried in the PUK stronghold Sulaimaniya, although controversy ensued ...

The significance of <em>Jalal</em> Talabani's death for Iraq

Paul Iddon

The significance of Jalal Talabani's death for Iraq

Analysis: The veteran Kurdish statesman may yet, even in death, bring together feuding Iraqi and regional politicians and help solve an ...

The Kurdish referendum and Baghdad's miscalculated temper

Gareth Browne

The Kurdish referendum and Baghdad's miscalculated temper

Comment: Haider al-Abadi must temper Baghdad’s response, without appearing weak, or Iraq will be left with divisions from which it may never ...

The Iraq Report: The siege of Kurdistan begins

The New Arab

The Iraq Report: The siege of Kurdistan begins

The New Arab's weekly round-up of events in Iraq

'Mam <em>Jalal</em>' <em>Talabani</em>: Titan's passing leaves Iraqi-Kurdistan in quandary

Gareth Browne

'Mam Jalal' Talabani: Titan's passing leaves Iraqi-Kurdistan in quandary

Comment: Veteran Kurdish statesman Jalal Talabani's death comes as the Iraqi-Kurdistan region moves one step closer to independence, ...

The New Arab & agencies

Kurdish leader and ex-Iraqi president Jalal Talabani dies

Ex-Iraqi president and Kurdish leader Jalal Talabani, 85, died on Tuesday in Germany after his health had taken a turn for the worse.

The New Arab

The Iraq Report: Is an independent Kurdistan emerging?

Analysis: The New Arab's weekly digest of events in Iraq

Paul Iddon

The governor Baghdad wants to remove from office

Analysis: Kirkuk's Najmaldin Karim wants his city included in Kurdistan's controversial independence referendum, but supports holding on to ...

Paul Iddon

Kurds have little motivation remaining to 'rebuild Iraq'

Analysis: With growing disillusionment, Kurdish eyes are turning to an independence referendum, notes Paul Iddon.

Independent Kurdistan cannot exist without Turkey's blessing

Tallha Abdulrazaq

Independent Kurdistan cannot exist without Turkey's blessing

Comment: With the economy in Iraqi Kurdistan almost entirely dominated by Turkish produce, businesses and oil exportation facilities, there can ...

The New Arab

Iranian General Soleimani in 'secret talks' with Kurdish officials

Iran's notorious General Qassem Soleimani met with a number of Kurdish officials as well as the President of the Kurdistan region, Massoud ...

Kurdistan independence referendum date to be announced in 2017

Robert Cusack

Kurdistan independence referendum date to be announced in 2017

The leaders of the two main Kurdish parties in Iraq agreed on Sunday to announce a date for a referendum on establishing a new Kurdish state ...

KRG wary Iran-backed militia is looking to recruit Kurds

The New Arab

KRG wary Iran-backed militia is looking to recruit Kurds

In particular, Kurdish authorities have expressed concern that the controversial Popular Mobilisation Forces are running a recruitment drive in ...

Iraq parliament votes to remove Kurdish flag in Kirkuk

The New Arab

Iraq parliament votes to remove Kurdish flag in Kirkuk

The raising of the Kurdish flag over official buildings in Kirkuk has raised concern in Baghdad the move could mark a prelude to attempts to ...

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