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US delegation meets Masoud Barzani in ErbilWednesday 5 May 2021

US delegation meets Masoud Barzani in Erbil

A joint high-level delegation from the White House, US departments of State and Defense, met the head of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) in Saladin resort in Erbil,  the capital of the Kurdistan Region.

Kurdish officials warn Turkey aims to occupy the whole of Iraqi KurdistanWednesday 5 May 2021

Kurdish officials warn Turkey aims to occupy the whole of Iraqi Kurdistan

Turkey aims to occupy the whole of Iraqi Kurdistan, Kurdish officials warned on Tuesday, as the world remains largely silent on the Nato member state’s latest illegal military operation.

Lahur Talabani warns deadly attacks in Iraq would rekindle ISIS resurgentWednesday 5 May 2021

Lahur Talabani warns deadly attacks in Iraq would rekindle ISIS resurgent

A senior Kurdish official has said there are growing indications that Islamic State (ISIS) is trying to make a comeback after an increase in attacks in Iraq.

KRG has not sent customs and oil income to Baghdad: ministryWednesday 5 May 2021

KRG has not sent customs and oil income to Baghdad: ministry

The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has not yet sent any customs income or oil to the federal government, which it is obligated to do under the terms of the 2021 Federal Budget Law, spokesperson for Iraq’s Ministry of Oil Asim Jihad said on Tuesday, May 4.

US delegation meets top Kurdish officials in ErbilWednesday 5 May 2021

US delegation meets top Kurdish officials in Erbil

Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani and other local party and government leaders met on Wednesday, May 5, with a delegation of senior US diplomatic and national security officials, including National Security Council Coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa Brett McGurk.

ISIS militants blow up two oil wells in KirkukWednesday 5 May 2021

ISIS militants blow up two oil wells in Kirkuk

The ISIS terrorist elements detonated bombs near two oil wells in Kirkuk province in northern Iraq.

Nechirvan Barzani meets PUK joint heads in SulaimaniTuesday 4 May 2021

Nechirvan Barzani meets PUK joint heads in Sulaimani

Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani visited Sulaimani on Tuesday, May 4, and met the joint leaders of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK).

Turkish military hits Kurdistan Region with airstrikes - reportsTuesday 4 May 2021

Turkish military hits Kurdistan Region with airstrikes - reports

The Turkish air forces have launched a series of strikes on the Kurdish region inthe northern Iraq, Sky News Arabia TV reported Friday, citing Kurdish sources.

EU Rights court fines Turkey over lifting parliamentary immunity of HDP deputyTuesday 4 May 2021

EU Rights court fines Turkey over lifting parliamentary immunity of HDP deputy

The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has fined Turkey for violating the freedom of expression of Filiz Kerestecioglu, a pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) lawmaker, by lifting her parliamentary immunity based on a constitutional amendment in 2016, Turkish media reported on Tuesday.

Nechirvan Barzani stresses on unity among Kurdish partiesTuesday 4 May 2021

Nechirvan Barzani stresses on unity among Kurdish parties

The President of the Kurdistan Region, Nechirvan Barzani, said on Tuesday that the presidency of the region "will do everything it can" to maintain unity among the Kurdish political parties after the upcoming elections.

2 rocket attacks fire at US base in Iraq today: armyTuesday 4 May 2021

2 rocket attacks fire at US base in Iraq today: army

Two rockets were fired Tuesday, May 4, at a base hosting Americans, in the third such attack in three days and as a US government delegation is visiting the country, the Iraqi army said.

ISIS conducted at least 12 attacks in Iraq disputed areas: Peshmerga secretary generalTuesday 4 May 2021

ISIS conducted at least 12 attacks in Iraq disputed areas: Peshmerga secretary general

Secretary-General of the Ministry of Peshmerga Affairs Jabar Yawar said on Monday, May3, that Islamic State (ISIS) militants conducted at least twelve attacks in the disputed areas since Saturday.

A delegation of US officials meet Iraqi PM Mustafa al-Kadhimi in BaghdadTuesday 4 May 2021

A delegation of US officials meet Iraqi PM Mustafa al-Kadhimi in Baghdad

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi met with a delegation of US officials in Baghdad on Tuesday, May 4, the first time that officials from the Biden administration have formally visited Iraq.

Turkish troops, PKK fighters clash in Kurdistan Region — TVTuesday 4 May 2021

Turkish troops, PKK fighters clash in Kurdistan Region — TV

Clashes between Turkish troops and fighters from the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) have taken place in Kurdistan Region's northern governorate of Duhok, the Al Mayadeen TV channel reported on Tuesday, citing sources.

Iraq summons Turkish envoy to slam military base visit by defence ministerTuesday 4 May 2021

Iraq summons Turkish envoy to slam military base visit by defence minister

Iraq’s foreign ministry summoned Turkey's chargé d’affairs to Baghdad to express its strong resentment at a visit by the Turkish defence minister to a military base in the north of the country.

Turkey blames U.S. for supplying missiles to PKKTuesday 4 May 2021

Turkey blames U.S. for supplying missiles to PKK

Turkey’s Defence Minister Hulusi Akar issued a sideswipe criticism of U.S. support for Syria’s Kurdish militants during a visit with Turkish troops, Rudaw said in a report on Monday, May 3.

Nechirvan Barzani meets Gorran officials in SulaimaniTuesday 4 May 2021

Nechirvan Barzani meets Gorran officials in Sulaimani

Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani arrived in Sulaimani with his vice presidents Jaafar Sheikh Mustafa and Mustafa Said Qadir on Tuesday, May 4, and met with Change Movement (Gorran) Coordinator Omar Said Ali and other officials at the party’s headquarters.

HDP blames Turkey establishment of a military base in Iraqi KurdistanMonday 3 May 2021

HDP blames Turkey establishment of a military base in Iraqi Kurdistan

Following the announcement of Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu's decision to establish a military base in Iraqi Kurdistan in the Matina region, the executive board of Turkey pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP) issued a statement and blames the  decision.

Turkey will be driven out of Kurdistan, PKK saysSunday 2 May 2021

Turkey will be driven out of Kurdistan, PKK says

Turkey's invasion of the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region of Iraq is where its “occupation will be broken and the beginning of lasting freedom will take place,” the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) insisted today.

Turkey is gradually separating Kurdistan Region from Turkish and Syrian Kurdistans: HDP officialSunday 2 May 2021

Turkey is gradually separating Kurdistan Region from Turkish and Syrian Kurdistans: HDP official

A leading member of the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) said that Turkey's goal is to remain permanently in Iraqi Kurdistan and separating it from Turkish Kurdistan and Syrian Kurdistan.

Ammar al-Hakim and Haider al-Abadi form joint list for Iraqi electionsSunday 2 May 2021

Ammar al-Hakim and Haider al-Abadi form joint list for Iraqi elections

National Wisdom Movement (Al-Hikma) leader Ammar al-Hakim and Victory Alliance (Nasr) leader Haidar al-Abadi on Sunday, May 2, announced that they would for a joint list for the purposes of Iraq’s October parliamentary election, running as the National State Forces list.

Rockets hit vicinity of Baghdad International AirportSunday 2 May 2021

Rockets hit vicinity of Baghdad International Airport

Rockets fell in the vicinity of Baghdad International Airport on Sunday, May 2, with warning sirens heard in the city.

US formally begins withdrawing from AfghanistanSunday 2 May 2021

US formally begins withdrawing from Afghanistan

The United States formally begins withdrawing its last troops from Afghanistan Saturday, May 1, bringing its longest war nearer to an end but also heralding an uncertain future for a country in the tightening grip of an emboldened Taliban.

Syrian Kurds hire Washington lobbyist to have US supportSunday 2 May 2021

Syrian Kurds hire Washington lobbyist to have US support

Syrian Kurdish forces hired their first Washington lobbyist on Friday as part of a growing bid to secure U.S. recognition of the autonomous region under their control.

At least 10 Iraqi soldiers killed in a Saturday Baghdad explosionSunday 2 May 2021

At least 10 Iraqi soldiers killed in a Saturday Baghdad explosion

At least ten members of Iraq’s Security Forces were killed when two improvised explosive devices (IEDs) detonated near their vehicles in Tarmiyah district, north of Baghdad, on Saturday, May 1, according to a source.