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US embassy conducts military drill in BaghdadThursday 18 February 2021

US embassy conducts military drill in Baghdad

Informed media sources reported the firing of US defense system missiles in the Green Zone of Baghdad, and announced that this action is part of a test exercise.

Anthony Blinken urges Iraqi PM Kadhimi to work with Erbil against 'extremists'Wednesday 17 February 2021

Anthony Blinken urges Iraqi PM Kadhimi to work with Erbil against 'extremists'

A day after the Monday deadly rocket attack on Erbil, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke by phone with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi on Tuesday, February 16, and urged him to work closely with the Kurdistan Region to address violent extremists in the country.

Iran and Turkey stress on political solution for Syrian crisisWednesday 17 February 2021

Iran and Turkey stress on political solution for Syrian crisis

Discussing the latest situation in Syria, including Idlib and east of the Euphrates, the Iranian and Turkish delegations in Sochi stressed the need for a political solution to the Syrian crisis.

Former Turkish PM Davutoglu blames Erdogan for hostage operation on PKKWednesday 17 February 2021

Former Turkish PM Davutoglu blames Erdogan for hostage operation on PKK

Turkey Future Party Leader and former PM Ahmet Davutoglu criticized President Tayyip Erdogan for making serious mistakes in the Gara operation, during which 13 Turkish citizens were killed as they were held hostage by the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

Sweden expresses deep worry over mass detentions of HDP officials in TurkeyWednesday 17 February 2021

Sweden expresses deep worry over mass detentions of HDP officials in Turkey

Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde said on February 16 that her country is “deeply worried” to see the arrests of scores of people in Turkey, including officials from the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP).

Creating chaos was main reason behind Monday Erbil rocket attack: Iraqi PMWednesday 17 February 2021

Creating chaos was main reason behind Monday Erbil rocket attack: Iraqi PM

The Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi stressed that the purpose of the rocket attack on Erbil International Airport on Monday, February 15, was to create chaos and disrupt the scene.

Qasim Shesho returns to KDP three months after resignationWednesday 17 February 2021

Qasim Shesho returns to KDP three months after resignation

Nearly three months after submitting his resignation, Peshmerga commander in Shingal and member of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) Qasim Shasho returned to the party on Tuesday, February 16.

Blinken walks back State Department ambiguity over Turkish hostages killed in Iraq / Amberin ZamanTuesday 16 February 2021

Blinken walks back State Department ambiguity over Turkish hostages killed in Iraq / Amberin Zaman

After an earlier statement suggesting Washington didn't necessarily buy Ankara's narrative on the killings, the State Department today said that "PKK terrorists bear responsibility."

Iran, Russia and Turkey hold talks on SyriaTuesday 16 February 2021

Iran, Russia and Turkey hold talks on Syria

Officials from Iran, Russia and Turkey are convening in Sochi, Russia, for a 15th round of peace talks on Syria on Tuesday, Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

Arab countries condemn Erbil rocket attackTuesday 16 February 2021

Arab countries condemn Erbil rocket attack

The Persian Gulf Cooperation Council, the Organization of the Islamic Conference, and the Ministries of Foreign Affairs issued separate statements condemning the Monday Erbil Airport attack.

US secretary of state expresses outrage over Erbil rocket attackTuesday 16 February 2021

US secretary of state expresses outrage over Erbil rocket attack

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has expresses outrage after a rocket attack in Erbil, which caused casualties.

Turkish army humiliated by PKK in Iraqi Kurdistan as it is forced to retreat ’Tuesday 16 February 2021

Turkish army humiliated by PKK in Iraqi Kurdistan as it is forced to retreat ’

Turket’s military operation against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in Iraqi Kurdistan has ended in humiliation, with forces retreating on Sunday after air strikes killed 13 Turkish soldiers.

Maintaining Kurdistan Region's stability and security is a red line: Qubad TalabaniTuesday 16 February 2021

Maintaining Kurdistan Region's stability and security is a red line: Qubad Talabani

Reacting to Monday night missile attack on Erbil, the Deputy Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Region underscored that maintaining security and stability in the Kurdistan Region is a red line and called for increased coordination with the Iraqi government to deal with these dangers.

Erdogan vows to expand operations into Iraqi KurdistanTuesday 16 February 2021

Erdogan vows to expand operations into Iraqi Kurdistan

Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed on February 16 to expand cross-border operations against the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants, based in Iraqi Kurdistan, following the killing of 13 Turkish citizens in the region.

Erbil Airport resumes operations after Monday rocket attackTuesday 16 February 2021

Erbil Airport resumes operations after Monday rocket attack

A day after a rocket attack the previous night, Head of the Erbil International Erbil Ahmad Hoshyar said on Tuesday afternoon, February 16, that the airport had resumed normal flight operations.

Tehran condemns attempts to link Erbil attack to IranTuesday 16 February 2021

Tehran condemns attempts to link Erbil attack to Iran

Spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Saeed Khatibzadeh said on Tuesday that the suspicious attempts of linking the Erbil, Kurdistan Region, attacks to Iran are condemned.

CHP leader questions Erdogan over death of 13 soldiers in northern IraqTuesday 16 February 2021

CHP leader questions Erdogan over death of 13 soldiers in northern Iraq

Turkey’s main opposition leader on Tuesday questioned President Recep Tayyip Erdogan over the military operation into northern Iraq’s Gara region and the killing of 13 Turkish citizens over the weekend, Diken news website reported.

Newly-established group claims responsibility for rocked attack on ErbilTuesday 16 February 2021

Newly-established group claims responsibility for rocked attack on Erbil

A newly-established militant group that calls itself “Saraya Awliya al-Dam” has claimed responsibility for the rocket attack on Erbil.

KRG ministry says Erbil rocked attack was launched from Erbil-Guer roadTuesday 16 February 2021

KRG ministry says Erbil rocked attack was launched from Erbil-Guer road

Following a rocket attack on Erbil city overnight, the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Ministry of Interior said on Tuesday, February 16, that the security forces in coordination with the International Coalition found a Kia vehicle on the Erbil-Guer road that had been used as the launchpad to fire the rockets.

Turkey uses hostage killings to target pro-Kurdish groups / Andrew WilksMonday 15 February 2021

Turkey uses hostage killings to target pro-Kurdish groups / Andrew Wilks

The killings of 13 Turkish hostages in northern Iraq have led Ankara to increase efforts to link Kurdish militants to the domestic opposition and criticize the West over its approach to terrorism.

US building new military base in Hasaka countrysideMonday 15 February 2021

US building new military base in Hasaka countryside

The US-led Coalition is building another base military base at the Iraq-Syria-Turkey triangle in the Ain Dewar area in Hasaka countryside.

Turkey summons U.S. envoy over Washington's supporting PKK after hostage killingsMonday 15 February 2021

Turkey summons U.S. envoy over Washington's supporting PKK after hostage killings

Turkey's Foreign Ministry on Monday, February 15, summoned U.S. Ambassador David Satterfield after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan criticized Washington for supplying weapons to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

Russia is forming a new local force in HasakaMonday 15 February 2021

Russia is forming a new local force in Hasaka

The Turkish Anadolu News Agency claimed in a report that Russian army had formed a new local force in the tense region of Hasaka, Syrian Kurdistan.

Turkish army resumes attacks on Gare Mount in Iraqi KurdistanMonday 15 February 2021

Turkish army resumes attacks on Gare Mount in Iraqi Kurdistan

Turkish military fighters once again attacked the heights of Gare Mount in the province of Dohuk in Kurdistan Region.

Turkey detains hundreds over death of 13 personnel in IraqMonday 15 February 2021

Turkey detains hundreds over death of 13 personnel in Iraq

Turkey announced the detention of 718 people on Monday, February 15, it accuses of being part of a Kurdish militant group it says executed 13 Turks in northern Iraq.