If the Kurds themselves are divided on their relationship with Baghdad and on an independent state, the referendum cannot be expected to have any effect (AFP/File)
October 22, 2017 - 19:00 GMT
Whatever the explanations or reasons behind the collapse of the Kurdish defense around Kirkuk, it is obvious that Barzani resorted to the referendum without having secured first the Kurdish unity.
Qassem Suleimani, AFP/File
October 22, 2017 - 14:46 GMT
As Iraqi Kurdistan's dream of independence crumbles, Qassem Suleimani stands out as a key to knowing why some Kurds gave in to Baghdad
The samples will be sent to Iraq and Syria to be matched with captured people and recovered bodies (Shutterstock/File)
October 22, 2017 - 13:33 GMT
the Indian government has started the process of collecting DNA samples of the families of 39 missing nationals who were believed to have been captured by ISIS militants in Mosul, Iraq more than three years ago, officials and local media said on Sunday.
 84,000 civilians fled to Erbil, 78,372 to Sulaimani and 6,000 to Duhok and Zakho from Rabea and Zummar (AFP/File)
October 22, 2017 - 07:56 GMT
The Kurdistan Regional Government said Saturday the region is facing a humanitarian crisis as nearly 170,000 people have been displaced from the Kirkuk region by Iraqi forces.
Peshmerga fighters gathering at the Altun Kubri checkpoint, 40kms from Kirkuk, on October 20, 2017 (Marc-Antoine Pelaez/AFP)
October 21, 2017 - 07:14 GMT
The U.S. remains committed to "a united, stable, democratic, and federal Iraq," and committed to the Kurdistan Regional Government as an integral component of the country.
On Sunday, the Transportation Ministry announced that Baghdad and Riyadh had signed an agreement to begin reciprocal flights between the two capitals following a 27-year hiatus (AFP/File)
October 19, 2017 - 13:16 GMT
A Saudi passenger plane touched down at Baghdad’s international airport on Wednesday for the first time in more than a quarter-century, according to Iraq’s Transportation Ministry.
Gulf states currently blockading Qatar have tried to woo Kuwait by promising to boycott a football tournament in Doha unless a FIFA ban on Kuwait is lifted.
October 18, 2017 - 18:06 GMT
Gulf states currently blockading Qatar have tried to woo Kuwait by promising to boycott a football tournament in Doha unless a FIFA ban on Kuwait is lifted.
A boy sits on top of a destroyed tank in Syria, AFP/File
October 18, 2017 - 14:54 GMT
The Atlantic recently published an article claiming the war against ISIS brought the Middle East together. Al Bawaba debunks the article's claims, and reveals a disturbing lack of imagination in the all-too common thinking that the Middle East needs war to get peace.
The moves come amid steadily mounting tension between Baghdad and the Erbil-based KRG following last month’s referendum on regional independence (AFP/File)
October 18, 2017 - 13:45 GMT
Iraqi government forces on Wednesday assumed control of a strategic border crossing with Syria, according to an Iraqi military source.
The Iraqi army has turned its attention to driving back the Kurdish military forces after the Kurdistan region voted overwhelmingly on Sept. 25 in a referendum for independence (AFP/File)
October 17, 2017 - 13:46 GMT
The Kurdish town of Sinjar was given up by Peshmerga forces to a pro-Iraqi paramilitary group and the Iraqi army, Baghdad's army said Tuesday.
Earlier Monday, Iraqi forces reportedly assumed control over central Kirkuk's main government headquarters, according to a local police source (Youtube/AA)
October 17, 2017 - 08:26 GMT
Iraqi government forces have assumed "full control" over Kirkuk's city center, according to a statement issued late Monday by the army's Joint Operations Command.
Earlier Monday, the Iraqi army launched an operation to capture military bases and oil fields in Kirkuk (AFP/File)
October 16, 2017 - 12:15 GMT
In a statement, the ministry said the elite anti-terrorism forces have completed their redeployment in the K-1 base.
Iraqi forces drive towards Kurdish peshmerga positions on October 15, 2017, on the southern outskirts of Kirkuk (Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP)
October 16, 2017 - 10:37 GMT
Anger is running high in Kirkuk, with footage of Kurdish residents apparently throwing stones at withdrawing Peshmerga troops circulating on social media.
Oil prices settled at a two-week high on Friday, as geopolitical uncertainty in the Middle East raised the threat of supply disruptions. (AFP/ File)
October 16, 2017 - 10:28 GMT
Crude oil prices soared on Monday as tensions between Baghdad and Kurdistan went up a notch.
October 15, 2017 - 14:01 GMT
Nearly 700,000 Iraqis from the former ISIS stronghold of Mosul and nearby areas are still displaced despite the city's recapture in July, the Norwegian Refugee Council said on Sunday.
Iran has three main crossings with the Kurdish region; Haji Omaran (in Erbil Province), Parwezkhan, and Bashmaq (AFP/File)
October 15, 2017 - 12:09 GMT
Iran on Sunday shut a main border crossing with northern Iraq’s Kurdish region amid tension over last month’s independence referendum.