kurdistan

Post-Daesh Iraq Should Be Split in Three: Top Kurdish Official

By Maher Chmaytelli and Isabel Coles ERBIL, Iraq, June 16) – Once Daesh is defeated, Iraq should be divided into three separate entities to prevent further sectarian bloodshed, with a state each given to Shi’ite Muslims, Sunnis and Kurds, a top Kurdish official said on Thursday. Iraqi troops have expelled Daesh from some key cities the militants seized

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Kurds Ready for New Oil Deal with Baghdad if They Get $1 Bln a Month

By Maher Chmaytelli and Isabel Coles ERBIL, Iraq, June 15 – Iraq’s Kurds are ready to strike an agreement with the central government in Baghdad on a deal to increase oil exports, if it guarantees them a monthly revenue of $1 billion, a spokesman for the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) said. Iraq’s central government in

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Turkey May Soften Stance on Assad Exit as Kurdish Gains Force Shift

By Tulay Karadeniz ANKARA, June 15 – Turkey’s determination to prevent an autonomous Kurdish region emerging in northern Syria could see it ease up on demands for President Bashar al-Assad’s immediate exit, as it overhauls a foreign policy that has left it more isolated than influential. Days after taking office last month, new Prime Minister

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Ramadan Around The World

A look at how Ramadan is celebrated across the world. BY Arfa Shahid UNITED COLORS OF ISLAM: Muslim worshippers stretch their hands to touch the door of Kaaba, Islam’s holiest site in Makkah, Saudi Arabia. It was rebuilt by Prophet Mohammed(PBUH) after elements of nature eroded its foundation. PRAYING FOR PEACE: A Palestinian girl prays in front of the

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In Saddam’s Former Jail, Cash Aid Allays Grim Routine for Refugees

By Sebastien Malo AKRE, Iraq, June 6 – As Mohammed Said Amin witnessed the intensifying battle between government forces and rebel groups for control of his hometown of Damascus, he and his wife made a plan to escape. They left for Ras al-Ayn, a Syrian town bordering Turkey. But when it came under attack from

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Turkey Counts Cost of Conflict as Kurdish Militant Battle Rages On

By Daren Butler ISTANBUL, May 31 – Turkey’s conflict with Kurdish militants, said to have killed more than 5,000 people since July, has also destroyed at least 6,000 buildings that will cost approaching 1 billion lira ($340 million) to rebuild, according to a government estimate. Large swathes of towns in the mainly Kurdish southeast have

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Turkish Writer Quits UNESCO to Protest Damage to Heritage, Rights Abuse

By Ayla Jean Yackley ISTANBUL, May 26 – Turkey’s goodwill ambassador to the UN cultural agency UNESCO resigned on Thursday, accusing it of hypocrisy in ignoring the destruction of large parts of a heritage site during clashes between the Turkish army and militants in his country’s mainly Kurdish southeast. With Roman-era basalt walls encircling historic

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A Nation Of Their Own

Syria’s Kurds push for an autonomous province to govern BY Mohammed A. Salih When in the summer of 2012, the Democratic Union Party (PYD) took over the town of Kobani and later other Kurdish-majority areas in northern Syria, few took the occurrence to be so consequential. It was in the midst of the Syrian uprising

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