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Our weekly round-up of events in Iraq this week features Ankara's attack on the PKK in the Qandil mountains.

Analysis: A visit to Iraq by Syria's Kurds could signify thawing relations, writes Paul Iddon.

Iraq elections: Meet the contenders

The New Arab

Iraq elections: Meet the contenders

With Iraqis expected to vote in some new faces and unusual alliances, who exactly are the main contenders for Baghdad's 329 parliamentary seats?

Iraq: As parties fracture, signs of change emerge

Yomi Kleinmann

Iraq: As parties fracture, signs of change emerge

Analysis: Ethnicity alone is no longer sufficient to unite Iraq's political elite as the country's politics begin to move past years of ...

Iraq's Kurds risk shooting themselves in the foot

Tanya Goudsouzian and Lara Fatah

Iraq's Kurds risk shooting themselves in the foot

Comment: In mad scramble for seats in parliament, the fragmented political scene in the Kurdish region risks further weakening their position in ...

The New Arab

Iraqi-Kurdistan elections to take place in September

Iraqi-Kurdistan Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani has proposed holding elections in the region this September, following months of delays.

Paul Iddon

How Iraqi Kurdistan's unity endured the flight ban

Despite attempts by external parties to divide Iraqi Kurdistan following Erbil's declaration of independence - including an international flight ...

The New Arab

The Iraq Report: Turkey threatens to invade Iraq

Our weekly round-up of the latest from Iraq.

Paul Iddon

Sinjar: The eternal flashpoint?

Analysis: Sinjar remains disputed between Baghdad and the autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan Region, writes Paul Iddon.

What's behind the PKK withdrawal from Sinjar?

Paul Iddon

What's behind the PKK withdrawal from Sinjar?

Analysis: With its Syrian allies under fire from Turkey, the Kurdish militants have left proxies holding its Iraqi stronghold, writes Paul Iddon.

Paul Iddon

Who will Kurds support in Iraq's upcoming elections?

Analysis: Kurds remain divided ahead of May's poll, but many are likely to support incumbent prime minister Haidar al-Abadi, despite his ...

Why Iraqi Kurdistan is seeking better relations with Iran

Paul Iddon

Why Iraqi Kurdistan is seeking better relations with Iran

Analysis: Tehran's friendliness with Iraq's central government provides Erbil with a route back to Baghdad's good books, writes Paul Iddon.

Regional alliance punishing Iraq's Kurds for referendum cannot last

Bashdar Ismaeel

Regional alliance punishing Iraq's Kurds for referendum cannot last

Analysis: Determination to derail Kurdish statehood aspirations led to the emergence of a newfound Ankara-Baghdad-Tehran alliance, but this ...

Iraq launches operation to clear oil route to Iran

The New Arab & agencies

Iraq launches operation to clear oil route to Iran

Iraqi forces, backed by militias, Peshmerga and an international coalition, have begun an operation to clear an oil transit route of militants.

Sylvain Mercadier

The quest for identity: How Kurds are rediscovering Zoroastrianism

Official recognition has freed many Kurds to return to the faith of their forefathers after widespread abuses under Saddam's regime, reports Sylvain Mercadier.

The New Arab

The Iraq Report: Iraqi rocket scientists and imploding elections

This week in Iraq: Electioneering heats up, with alliances tested and new overtures to Kurdish 'kingmakers'.

Paul Iddon

Afrin: How far will Turkey's operation against Kurds go?

Despite Ankara's long held goal of destroying Kurdish groups, operation Olive Branch will likely remain confined to Afrin.

Alex Macheras

Erbil and Baghdad work to end Kurdish flight ban

Analysis: Regional and national airspace officials end their dispute and help stabilise Iraq's aviation sector into the bargain, writes Alex ...

Why France's Macron is wrong on Iraq

Pieter-Jan Dockx

Why France's Macron is wrong on Iraq

Comment: Macron's policy objectives in Iraq are not grounded in reality, writes Pieter-Jan Dockx.

The New Arab

The Iraq Report: Hopes of unity dashed

This week in Iraq: Baghdad’s heavy-handed approach towards its own citizens has tempered people’s expectations regarding a new Iraq that was ...

The Iraq Report: Kurdistan in turmoil

The New Arab

The Iraq Report: Kurdistan in turmoil

This week in Iraq: Kurdish politicians are being blamed for an ongoing and deep economic crisis, leading to deadly protests and the resignations ...

Long-held grievances fuel protest in Iraqi Kurdistan

Tanya Goudsouzian

Long-held grievances fuel protest in Iraqi Kurdistan

Comment: As many young Kurds mourn the loss of the independence dream, the economic situation continues to worsen, fuelling political ...

Germany aid to Iraq 'relies on resolving Kurdish conflict'

The New Arab & agencies

Germany aid to Iraq 'relies on resolving Kurdish conflict'

The German government said its continued support for Iraq relies on Baghdad resolving its dispute with the Kurdish region, which voted to split ...

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