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Iraq Israel & Palestine Middle East Turkey

Netanyahu and Erdogan Face Off Over Kurdish Referendum

Ankara (GPA) – Following the referendum in “Kurdistan,” Turkish President Recep Erdogan and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are now engaged in a war of words over who is responsible for balkanizing the Middle East. During a televised speech following the Kurdish referendum in Northern Iraq Recep Erdogan accused Israel and their intelligence agency, the Mossad, of […]

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Iraq Middle East

Iraqi Government Given Mandate to Deploy Troops to Disputed Kirkuk

Baghdad (AMN) – The Council of Representatives of Iraq has given Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi a mandate to deploy troops to the disputed city of Kirkuk and its oil fields, as reported by Iraqi state media. Kirkuk, the fifth-biggest city in Iraq and capital of the oil-rich Kirkuk Governorate, is not officially part of Iraqi Kurdistan, […]

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Analysis Iraq Middle East

How Western Corporations would Exploit an Independent Kurdistan

Baghdad (AMN) – The Kurdistan region of Iraq, rich with oil resources, has been a bargaining chip for large oil corporations in recent years. Companies have flooded into Kurdistan because of a lack of regulations, relatively cheap oil, export subsidies, and a political willingness shown by the KRG government to cooperate with corporate demands. U.S. […]

Iraq Middle East

Iraqi PM Demands Suspension of Kurdish Referendum

Baghdad (MEE) – Supreme court orders suspension after receiving ‘complaints’ over constitutional validity of 25 September vote. Iraq’s prime minister, Haider al-Abadi, has formally demanded that the Kurdistan region suspend its plan to hold a referendum on independence after the country’s supreme court ordered its suspension. The Iraqi supreme court approved Abadi’s demand to consider “the breakaway of […]

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Iraq Middle East Turkey

Iraqi Parliament Preemptively Declares Kurdish Referendum Invalid

Baghdad (GPA) – The Iraqi parliament voted today to preemptively declare the planned Kurdish independence referendum as invalid. The referendum – which would create an independent Kurdish state in northern Iraq – is slated for the 25th of this month. The claimed legitimacy of the referendum has been a growing source of confusion as the date approaches […]

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Iraq Syria United States

Al-Baghdadi unlikely dead, hiding in Euphrates Valley: Pentagon

Bagdhad (AMN) – Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the infamous leader of the terrorist group Daesh (banned in Russia), who has long been deemed dead, is likely alive and is hiding in the Middle Euphrates River Valley between Iraq and Syria, the Pentagon said Thursday. Combined Joint Task Force chief Gen. Stephen Townsend told reporters from Baghdad that the Daesh […]

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Iraq Bans US from Using Territory to Launch War Against Iran

Baghdad (TeleSUR) – “Iraq is not a starting point for attacking other countries,” Al-Abadi said. Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar Al-Abadi has said that if the United States intends to carry out an aggression against the Iranian government, Iraq will not allow the U.S. to use its territory for its aggression. “Iraq is not a starting point for attacking […]

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Iraq Middle East Russia

Moscow, Baghdad Sign Huge Arms Deal

Baghdad  (SCF) – It was reported on July 20 that Russia and Iraq have struck a deal on supplying a large batch of T-90 tanks. Vladimir Kozhin, the Russian president’s aide for military technical cooperation, confirmed the agreement but declined to provide details, saying only «the number of tanks is substantial». Russian military analyst Ruslan Pukhov told Russian newspaper Izvestia that the […]