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Turkey's President Erdogan on Friday said the Syrian town of Afrin, held by a US-backed Kurdish militia, had to be cleared of "terrorists".

Syrian refugees in Germany filed new criminal complaints on Wednesday accusing Bashar al-Assad's regime of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Coalition incorrectly announces Baghdad-<em>Kurd</em> ceasefire

The New Arab

Coalition incorrectly announces Baghdad-Kurd ceasefire

The spokesman for the US-led Coalition said he incorrectly announced a ceasefire had been reached between the Iraqi central government and the country's Kurdish minority.

Baghdad dismisses Kurdish referendum compromise offer, wants Barzani 'out'

The New Arab

Baghdad dismisses Kurdish referendum compromise offer, wants Barzani 'out'

Baghdad has dismissed an offer from Iraqi Kurdish leaders to freeze the outcome of a vote for independence last month in a bid to pave the way ...

Iraqi <em>Kurd</em> parliament postpones elections for 8 months

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Iraqi Kurd parliament postpones elections for 8 months

Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region decided on Tuesday to postpone legislative elections for eight months amid tensions over disputed territory ...

Yomi Kleinmann

Behind the story: On the Kurdish frontlines

Reporter's diary: Working in northern Iraq to report on the takeover of Kirkuk is a story worth telling in itself.

The New Arab

Kurds issue arrest warrants for 11 Iraqis amid tensions

Eleven Iraqis including leaders in a powerful paramilitary group were issued with an arrest warrant by Kurdish authorities on Monday, in an ...

The New Arab & agencies

US-backed forces seize major Syria oil field from IS

The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces announced the capture of the al-Omar oil field in the province of Deir az-Zour, which was seized by the ...

The New Arab

Iraqi army seizes Kirkuk oil fields from Kurdish forces

Iraq's military seized two major oil fields from Kurdish forces outside the disputed city of Kirkuk, the army said in a statement on Monday.

Kurds, Iraqi forces in standoff in oil-rich Kirkuk

The New Arab & agencies

Kurds, Iraqi forces in standoff in oil-rich Kirkuk

Thousands of Iraqi troops were locked in an armed standoff with Kurdish Peshmerga forces in the disputed oil-rich province of Kirkuk on Saturday.

The New Arab & agencies

Iraq Kurd fighters block roads to second city Mosul

Kurdish Peshmerga forces blocked roads from Iraqi Kurdistan to the country's second city Mosul on Thursday in response to Iraqi troop movements.

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

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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 time of ...

The significance of Jalal 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 ...

'Mam Jalal' Talabani: 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, but still ...

Tensions rise as Iraq Kurds defy Baghdad in referendum

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Tensions rise as Iraq Kurds defy Baghdad in referendum

Iraq's Kurds defied widespread opposition to vote on Monday in a historic independence referendum, sparking fresh tensions.

The New Arab

Erbil-Baghdad talks collapse on eve of referendum

A delegation from the Kurdistan Regional Government held talks with the Iraqi ruling Shia coalition in Baghdad, two days before a controversial independence referendum that seeks to split the country.

Jonathan Fenton-Harvey

Is oil motivating the Kurdish referendum?

Comment: For the Kurds, consolidating control of Kirkuk's substantial oil source is essential for achieving their long-standing ambition of ...

The New Arab & agencies

Turkey, Iran, Iraq threaten 'counter-measures' against Kurd referendum

Turkey, Iran and Iraq on Thursday warned of "counter-measures" if Iraq's Kurdistan region goes ahead with a planned referendum on independence.

The New Arab

Kirkuk a tense flash point ahead of Iraqi-Kurdish referendum

Tensions in Kirkuk have risen in recent weeks as the rhetoric between the Kurdish leadership and Iraq's central government escalates.

The Iraq Report: Kurdish independence looms

The New Arab

The Iraq Report: Kurdish independence looms

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

The New Arab & agencies

Alarming West, Turkey nudges closer to Russia arms deal

According to Turkish and Russian officials, all preparations have been made for the purchase of a sophisticated S-400 missile defence system.

Hawija: The next battle in Iraq's war against IS

Gareth Browne

Hawija: The next battle in Iraq's war against IS

Analysis: After Mosul and Tal Afar, attention is turning to Hawija, a pocket of Iraqi territory long deemed ungovernable and essentially ...

The demise of Arab-Kurdish solidarity in Syria

Loubna Mrie

The demise of Arab-Kurdish solidarity in Syria

Comment: Arab-Kurdish solidarity in Syria deteriorated as a result of foreign interests and the regime's war tactics, writes Loubna Mrie.

Senior Iraqi-<em>Kurd</em> seeks to allay fears over independence bid

The New Arab & agencies

Senior Iraqi-Kurd seeks to allay fears over independence bid

Masrour Barzani, head of the KRG's security council, said it was committed to fighting terrorism regardless of its political relationship with ...

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