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France President Emmanuel Macron has called for Iraqi militias to be disbanded during a meeting with Kurdish leaders who remain threatened by the pro-Baghdad paramilitary forces.

This week in Iraq: Insurgent attacks intensify after the Islamic State group is routed from its territory, while fears are raised over next year's elections.

Barzani's arrogance has damaged Kurdish hopes for independence

Gareth Browne

Barzani's arrogance has damaged Kurdish hopes for independence

Comment: Ex-President Masoud Barzani was the force driving a referendum that was doomed to fail - and ultimately ruined long-term chances for independence, writes Gareth Browne.

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 ...

More fighting between Iraqi and Kurdish militias likely: analysts

Paul Iddon

More fighting between Iraqi and Kurdish militias likely: analysts

In-depth: Peace talks between Baghdad and Erbil have broken down and experts believe this could see a return to violence, writes Paul Iddon.

Paul Iddon

Brexit Britain embarking on questionable Middle East deals

Analysis: Post-Brexit Britain has upped the ante when it comes to making dubious investments, particularly with arms sales and the oil trade, ...

The New Arab

The Iraq Report: The fall of Barzani

This week's round-up of events in Iraq

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Iraq 'takes over' Turkey border crossing from Kurds

Turkish and Iraqi military forces have reached the Ibrahim Khalil border crossing between Turkey and northern Iraq, with Iraqi forces due to ...

Protestors storm Kurdish parliament to 'protest Barzani's departure'

The New Arab

Protestors storm Kurdish parliament to 'protest Barzani's departure'

Demonstrators said to be Peshmerga fighters forced their way inside the Iraqi-Kurdish parliament claiming they are protesting at President ...

The New Arab

Barzani announces his resignation as Iraq's Kurdish leader

Head of the Kurdistan Regional Government Mosoud Barzani has told parliament in Erbil that he will step down as leader, following mounting ...

Iraqi-Kurdish President Barzani to announce resignation

The New Arab

Iraqi-Kurdish President Barzani to announce resignation

KRG leader Mosoud Barzani will step down on Sunday after coming under pressure to resign following a military campaign from Baghdad ...

Iraqi government orders ban of official Kurdish news outlet

The New Arab

Iraqi government orders ban of official Kurdish news outlet

A decree has been issued by the Iraqi government to shut down Kurdish media network Rudaw, which is closely aligned to the Erbil-based ...

Canada freezes Iraq military training over Kurdish tensions

The New Arab

Canada freezes Iraq military training over Kurdish tensions

Recent fighting between Iraqi and Kurdish forces has led Canada to suspend military training to Baghdad.

Iraqi forces and Kurdish Peshmerga 'agree on ceasefire'

The New Arab

Iraqi forces and Kurdish Peshmerga 'agree on ceasefire'

Iraq's armed forces and Kurdish Peshmerga fighters reached an agreement on Friday to halt fighting in northern Iraq, the US-led anti-IS ...

The New Arab

Kurdish authority freezes referendum to 'avoid war' with Baghdad

The Kurdistan Regional Government has announced that the results on a referendum on Kurdish independence will be put on ice to prevent the ...

The New Arab

Kurdish forces repel Iraqi push towards Turkish border

Kurdish Peshmerga repelled an assault by pro-Baghdad forces near the Turkish border on Tuesday which aimed to capture a strategic oil export ...

James Snell

Kirkuk has already exposed Trump's incoherent Iran strategy

Comment: In Kirkuk, the US has allowed Iranian proxy forces - recently designated a terrorist group - to openly attack an American ally, ...

When 'order' builds sectarianism, peace is just an illusion

Sam Hamad

When 'order' builds sectarianism, peace is just an illusion

Comment: Both the US and Iran favour 'order' in Iraq, but when this means supporting brutal sectarianism and curtailing democratic ...

Yomi Kleinmann

Holding firm, Kurds take a stand for Erbil

After capturing the city of Kirkul, Iraqi government fighters are driving deeper into Kurdish territory and look poised to make a grab for the ...

Iraq's Kurds missed an historic opportunity for success

Tallha Abdulrazaq

Iraq's Kurds missed an historic opportunity for success

Comment: Iraq’s Kurds overestimated the effectiveness of the Peshmerga, and missed an historic opportunity to protect their interests from Iran ...

Iraqi court issues arrest warrant for Kurdish vice president

The New Arab

Iraqi court issues arrest warrant for Kurdish vice president

A court in Baghdad on Thursday issued an arrest warrant for the vice president of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region after he said Iraqi armed ...

More than '100,000 Kurds' have fled Kirkuk unrest

The New Arab

More than '100,000 Kurds' have fled Kirkuk unrest

More than 100,000 Kurds have fled Kirkuk since Monday's takeover of the province by Iraqi forces, officials from the Kurdistan Regional ...

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