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Rebwar Talabani, head of the Kirkuk Provincial Council, was one of the architects of the September referendum in which an overwhelming majority backed independence for Iraqi Kurdistan.

In-depth: Nearly a third of the 7,000 candidates in Iraq's elections are women - but many have had campaign posters torn down and faced threats and abuse, writes Marta Bellingreri.

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 Baghdad, write Tanya Goudsouzian and Lara Fatah.

Building militaries in fragile states: Comparing US and Iran

Robert Springborg

Building militaries in fragile states: Comparing US and Iran

Comment: In comparison to Iran's remarkably successful record of building militaries and their associated states, the US has little to show, ...

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

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.

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French president calls for Iraq militias to be disbanded

France President Emmanuel Macron has called for Iraqi militias to be disbanded during a meeting with Kurdish leaders who remain threatened by ...

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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 ...

Paul Iddon

'Treasonous elements colluded over Kirkuk,' says deposed Kurdish governor

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.

Gareth Browne

Abadi must save his party ahead of saving Iraq

Analysis: Iraq's prime minister faces political turmoil ahead of next year's election, but with a string of recent successes he may yet survive, ...

The Iraq Report: The fall of Barzani

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The Iraq Report: The fall of Barzani

This week's round-up of events in Iraq

US welcomes Kurdish leader Barzani's resignation

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US welcomes Kurdish leader Barzani's resignation

The US State Department has praised Iraq's Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani's decision to step down after a calamitous independence referendum.

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.

Kurdish parliament: 'Barzani powers to be reallocated'

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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 ...

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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 ...

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The Iraq Report: IS reduced to final Iraq bastions

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

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

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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 over the ...

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 ...

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

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The Iraq Report: The siege of Kurdistan begins

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

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