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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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).
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.
Ankara is using the cover of Ukraine’s war to weaken the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and associated groups in the region.
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.
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 Iraq’s military arrived in Shingal district on Thursday, April 21, according to state-owned news agency INA.
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.
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.
The latest flare-up further hampers US efforts to resume peace talks between the two major parties.
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.
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’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.
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.
The Kurdistan Region's Peshmerga Ministry has denied involvement in the recent Turkish offensive in the Kurdistan Region against the Kurdistan Workers' Party (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.
The Iraqi Presidency, foreign ministry and Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr have condemned recent Turkish attacks in the Kurdistan Region, describing them as "unacceptable".
In a critically timed spring offensive, Turkey has hit dozens of targets associated with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party and killed 19 fighters.