kurdistan

More Talks Likely on Kurdish Independence Vote, Negotiator Says

By Ahmed Rasheed and Maher Chmaytelli BAGHDAD/ERBIL, Iraq, Aug 22 – A delegation representing Iraq’s ruling Shi’ite coalition may meet Kurdish politicians again next week to try to convince them to delay or cancel a plan to hold an independence referendum, a negotiator said. A first round of talks, held last week in Baghdad, brought

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Daesh Leader Baghdadi Almost Certainly Alive: Kurdish Security Official

Sulaimania, IRAQ, July 17 – A top Kurdish counter-terrorism official said on Monday he was 99 percent sure that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was alive and located south of the Syrian city of Raqqa, after reports that he had been killed. “Baghdadi is definitely alive. He is not dead. We have information that

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Turkey Wants U.S. Envoy on Daesh Removed Over Kurdish Policy

By Daren Butler and Humeyra Pamuk ISTANBUL, May 18 – Turkey said on Thursday the U.S. special envoy in the battle against Islamic State should be removed because he supported Kurdish militants, and warned that Ankara would act unilaterally if it faced attack from the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia. The comments, which followed a White

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Kurdish Pilot Becomes First Female Directing Iraqi Airways Flights

ERBIL— May 15: A Danish- Kurdish pilot from Sulaimaniyah assigned to the Iraqi Airways has become the first female to pilot  a Boeing 737 jet airliner in Iraq, operating flights in the national carrier, a state news agency reported. Warte Abubakir, 26, signed the contract for her assignment in the Iraqi Airways a few days

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China’s Sinopec Weighs Takeover of Gulf Keyston

Dec 13  – China’s Sinopec Corp is weighing a takeover of Gulf Keystone Petroleum , an oil company operating in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday. Gulf Keystone shares were up 13.5 percent at 144.43 pence at 1041 GMT. Sinopec, Asia’s largest refiner, is working with advisers and has made an approach

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The Kurdish Gun Fixer Taking Aim at Daesh

KORRE, Iraq, Nov 7 – In Iraqi Kurdistan he is simply known as Uasta – “the fixer”. For the past 30 years, Mohammed Fadil has been turning hardened steel salvaged from car suspensions into delicate firing pins and other weapon parts to repair the guns used by Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga forces against their many enemies. Now

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Iran Executes Kurdish Islamists For Armed Attacks

By Bozorgmehr Sharafedin DUBAI, Aug 3 – Iran executed up to 20 Kurdish Islamists suspected of attacks on security forces, drawing condemnation from rights groups which said the convictions may have been based on forced confessions. State news agency IRNA said members of the Tawhid and Jihad group were executed on Tuesday, but did not

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Bomb Attack on Police in Turkey’s Southeast Kills One, Injures Seven

DIYARBAKIR, June 28 – One police officer was killed and seven people were wounded in Turkey’s southeastern province of Diyarbakir on Tuesday when a bomb exploded as an armoured police vehicle was passing, security sources said. The blast hit an area near a state hospital in the district of Dicle, north of the region’s largest

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In Turkey’s Tussle With the EU, Erdogan Thinks He Holds the Cards

By Nick Tattersall and Paul Taylor ISTANBUL/BRUSSELS, June 23 – Britain’s Brexit campaign and the rise of Europe’s populist right have further dented Turkish hopes of ever joining the EU, leaving President Tayyip Erdogan largely indifferent to its criticism and weakening an anchor of Turkish reform. While neither side has any interest in ending Turkey’s decade-long

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