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US becomes Turkey's second biggest gas supplier, but for how long? / David O'ByrneMonday 25 April 2022

US becomes Turkey's second biggest gas supplier, but for how long? / David O'Byrne

Turkey's second biggest gas supplier over the past winter was the United States, but Ankara may have to turn back to its neighbors to ensure it has sufficient supplies.

Eighteen more arrested in Turkey’s crackdown on Kurdish politiciansMonday 25 April 2022

Eighteen more arrested in Turkey’s crackdown on Kurdish politicians

A court in Ankara ordered the arrest of 18 Kurdish and pro-Kurdish activists and politicians, and released 30 others on parole on Sunday in relation to the lawsuit dubbed the Kobani case.

Iraq 1984 agreement with Turkey on cross border incursions was only for a year: FMMonday 25 April 2022

Iraq 1984 agreement with Turkey on cross border incursions was only for a year: FM

Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein said according to an agreement between Iraq and Turkey that was signed in 1984 by Tariq Aziz, the former foreign minister of Iraq, Turkey is allowed to pass 5 km across the Iraqi border under the condition Ankara informs Baghdad 72 hours before entering the country’s territory.

US urges speeding up in formation Iraqi governmentMonday 25 April 2022

US urges speeding up in formation Iraqi government

A US State Department official called for speeding up the formation of the new Iraqi government to implement the strategic agreement between the two countries.

Iranian delegation to visit Iraq after Eid al-FitrMonday 25 April 2022

Iranian delegation to visit Iraq after Eid al-Fitr

Iraq’s foreign minister said Monday, April 25, that an Iranian delegation will travel to Baghdad after Eid al-Fitr to discuss various issues, especially security issues.

US expresses concern over Turkey shelling of KobaniMonday 25 April 2022

US expresses concern over Turkey shelling of Kobani

The US Embassy in Damascus issued a statement on Sunday, April 24, following Turkey’s attack last week on Kobani in the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (AANES).

Iraqi Kurdish soldier killed in ISIS attack in MakhmourMonday 25 April 2022

Iraqi Kurdish soldier killed in ISIS attack in Makhmour

An Iraqi soldier was killed in an Islamic State (ISIS) group ambush in the Makhmour district of Erbil Province on Sunday, April 25, NRT reported.

Erdogan eyes Israeli and Iraqi gas and targets Kurds amid Ukraine war / Turkmen TerziSaturday 23 April 2022

Erdogan eyes Israeli and Iraqi gas and targets Kurds amid Ukraine war / Turkmen Terzi

The ongoing war in Ukraine poses great economic and security risks to Turkey, with Russian troops controlling large stretches of Ukraine’s Black Sea coast and Turkey’s investments with both Russia and Ukraine already at risk. Due to his close relationship with Vladimir Putin, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has had to navigate Turkey’s foreign policy during the war with extreme caution. On the other hand, the Turkish leader is pursuing a policy of radical pragmatism targeting Kurds in northern Iraq while negotiating with Israel and Iraq’s autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to transport oil and gas to Europe via Turkey.

Turkey summons Iraqi envoy over its military operation in KurdistanSaturday 23 April 2022

Turkey summons Iraqi envoy over its military operation in Kurdistan

The Turkish foreign ministry said on Thursday it had summoned the Iraqi charge d’affaires to convey discomfort with statements by Iraqi authorities about a Turkish military operation against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

Iran, Saudi Arabia resumed talks in Baghdad – reportSaturday 23 April 2022

Iran, Saudi Arabia resumed talks in Baghdad – report

Regional powers Iran and Saudi Arabia resumed talks in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, after they were suspended in March, Iran’s semi-official Nour News reported on Saturday.

Turkey steps up attacks on Syria’s Kurds amid Iraq operationSaturday 23 April 2022

Turkey steps up attacks on Syria’s Kurds amid Iraq operation

Ankara is using the cover of Ukraine’s war to weaken the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and associated groups in the region.

Turkey jet bombs north of SulaimaniSaturday 23 April 2022

Turkey jet bombs north of Sulaimani

A Turkish warplane bombarded Dukanian valley, 5 kilometers from Gulala village, in the northeast of Sulaimani governorate on Friday, April 22, the mayor of Mawet district told NRT.

Factional infighting escalates in northern Syria / Khaled al-KhatebFriday 22 April 2022

Factional infighting escalates in northern Syria / Khaled al-Khateb

Infighting continues among the Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army factions in light of a power and influence struggle, conflict over crossings and smuggling corridors, and the lack of a unified military institution.

A high-level delegation from the Iraqi military arrives in ShingalFriday 22 April 2022

A high-level delegation from the Iraqi military arrives in Shingal

A high-level delegation from Iraq’s military arrived in Shingal district on Thursday, April 21, according to state-owned news agency INA.

Baghdad cannot control unofficial Kurdistan Region border crossings: officialFriday 22 April 2022

Baghdad cannot control unofficial Kurdistan Region border crossings: official

A member of the Al-Sind al-Watani faction in the Iraqi parliament stressed that the federal government could not take control of the unofficial border crossings in the Kurdistan Region.

Party council leader warns Turkish attacks are a threat to Kurdistan RegionFriday 22 April 2022

Party council leader warns Turkish attacks are a threat to Kurdistan Region

The head of the leadership council of the Kurdistan Islamic Union Party stressed that Turkish military attacks threaten the present and future of the Kurdistan region and require a radical solution.

Intra-Syrian Kurdish tensions rise amid Turkey's new anti-PKK offensiveFriday 22 April 2022

Intra-Syrian Kurdish tensions rise amid Turkey's new anti-PKK offensive

The latest flare-up further hampers US efforts to resume peace talks between the two major parties.

Maliki urges Iraqi government to take action against Turkey offensiveFriday 22 April 2022

Maliki urges Iraqi government to take action against Turkey offensive

The head of the State of Law Coalition, Nouri al-Maliki, called on the Iraqi government on Thursday, April 21, to take action over the Turkey operation into Kurdistan Region, expressing concern over the displacement of Christians living in the border area amid Turkey’s renewed cross-border operations.

China TV says Turkey is misusing tensions between Kurdistan Region and PKKFriday 22 April 2022

China TV says Turkey is misusing tensions between Kurdistan Region and PKK

Part of Turkey operation in the Kurdistan Region is related to the issue of Turkey's abuse of political differences between the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) PKK and the Iraqi Kurdish region, China World Television wrote in a report on Turkey's recent operation against the PKK.

Iran, Syria FMs discuss bilateral ties on phoneFriday 22 April 2022

Iran, Syria FMs discuss bilateral ties on phone

Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian in a phone talk with his Syrian counterpart Faisal Mikdad traded views on issues of mutual interest and some developments.

Iraq denies involvement in Turkey offensive in Kurdistan RegionThursday 21 April 2022

Iraq denies involvement in Turkey offensive in Kurdistan Region

The Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs has denied cooperation with Turkey in its military operation in Kurdistan Region's Duhok province, according to Iraqi News Agency.

Peshmerga denies involvement in Turkey operation in Kurdistan RegionThursday 21 April 2022

Peshmerga denies involvement in Turkey operation in Kurdistan Region

The Kurdistan Region's Peshmerga Ministry has denied involvement in the recent Turkish offensive in the Kurdistan Region against the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

Erdogan says Baghdad and Erbil back Turkish operation against PKKThursday 21 April 2022

Erdogan says Baghdad and Erbil back Turkish operation against PKK

Iraq’s central government in Baghdad supports Turkey's latest offensive targeting Kurdish militants in northern Iraq, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday.

Iraqi officials condemn Turkish attack in Kurdistan RegionTuesday 19 April 2022

Iraqi officials condemn Turkish attack in Kurdistan Region

The Iraqi Presidency, foreign ministry and Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr have condemned recent Turkish attacks in the Kurdistan Region, describing them as "unacceptable".

Turkey launches offensive against PKK targets in northern Iraq / Nazlan ErtanTuesday 19 April 2022

Turkey launches offensive against PKK targets in northern Iraq / Nazlan Ertan

In a critically timed spring offensive, Turkey has hit dozens of targets associated with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party and killed 19 fighters.