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Iraq's federal elections in May were marred by allegations of fraud and irregularities, largely blamed on electronic voting machines meant to tabulate results speedily.

The Iraq Report: Iraqi democracy smoulders amid political violence

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The Iraq Report: Iraqi democracy smoulders amid political violence

Investigating the fire at the ballot warehouse after the recount was ordered - our weekly round-up of the latest news from Iraq.

The Iraq Report: Turkey's silent invasion of Iraq

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The Iraq Report: Turkey's silent invasion of Iraq

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

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Iraqi election officials 'taken hostage by gunmen' in Kirkuk

A 'hostage situation' has been reported at polling stations in northern Iraq, four days after national elections following an alleged dispute over the results in the multi-ethnic Kirkuk province.

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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?

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 ...

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 ...

How Iraqi Kurdistan's unity endured the flight ban

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 ...

Paul Iddon

Sinjar: The eternal flashpoint?

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

Who will Kurds support in Iraq's upcoming elections?

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 ...

Iraqi, Turkish actions against Kurds give Islamic State respite

Paul Iddon

Iraqi, Turkish actions against Kurds give Islamic State respite

Analysis: Turning attention to claiming territory from Kurds in Iraq and Afrin risks allowing IS the space to regroup, writes Paul Iddon.

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.

Meeting the militias: 'Kurdish Volunteers' assemble to oust PMF

Rojbin Muslim

Meeting the militias: 'Kurdish Volunteers' assemble to oust PMF

In-depth: Iraqi Kurdistan is a fractured landscape of rival armed groups drawn together in the loosest of alliances, writes Rojbin Muslim.

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.

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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 ...

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Hundreds detained in Iraqi Kurdistan amid corruption protests

More than 600 people have been detained in Iraqi Kurdistan since protests began last week over corruption and the fallout from a failed bid for ...

The New Arab & agencies

Iraqi Kurdish ministers resign amid deadly anti-corruption protests

Five Iraqi Kurdish ministers from two parties have resigned amid violent street protests in Sulaimaniyah over delayed salaries, poor services ...

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 ...

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Mass Iraqi-Kurdish protests as party offices are torched

Protesters in the Iraqi-Kurdish city of Sulaymaniyah have set fire to the local KRG offices and demanded the ruling party step down from power.

After Islamic State, Baghdad cannot govern Iraq from centre

Paul Iddon

After Islamic State, Baghdad cannot govern Iraq from centre

After its military defeat of the Islamic State group, the Iraqi government needs to solidify its success on the battlefield by committing to a ...

Iran reaps economic and strategic rewards from Iraqi-Kurdish dispute

Paul Iddon

Iran reaps economic and strategic rewards from Iraqi-Kurdish dispute

Analysis: The rise of Iran-backed militias in northern Iraq gives Tehran a geopolitical opening, but there are no guarantees it will be able to ...

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 ...

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