Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Crisis in Iraq

Massive Protests in Iraq over Poor Services Leave Casualties

At least four people are reportedly injured after Iraqi police fire in the air to prevent protesters from storming the main government building in Basra on the seventh day of unrest.

Iraq Elections Strengthen Victories against Terrorists: Iran

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi says the recent elections successfully held in Iraq strengthened the achievements and victories the Iraqi nation gained in fight against terrorism.

First Post-ISIS Elections Start in Iraq

People in Iraq vote Saturday in the first parliamentary elections since the country declared victory over Daesh (the ISIS or ISIL) terrorist group.

Iraqi PM Praises Iran for Participation in Iraq’s Reconstruction

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, in a meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, has lauded the Iranians’ interest in cooperating with Iraq in reconstructing the war-torn country.

Iraq Reconstruction Conference Opens in Kuwait

Kuwait is hosting an international conference on reconstruction in parts of Iraq devastated by the war against ISIS.

Without Iran’s Support, Baghdad Would Have Collapsed: Iraqi General

Secretary General of Iraq’s Badr Organization Hadi Al-Amiri has praised Iran for supporting Iraq in its fight against terrorism, saying without Iran’s contribution, the central government of Baghdad would have fallen apart.

Kurdistan Says to Respect Iraqi Supreme Court’s Verdict

Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government says it accepts the verdict by the Iraqi Supreme Court on the First Article of the country’s Constitution.

NATO May Withdraw Forces from Iraqi Kurdistan Region

NATO member states including Slovenia may withdraw their forces from the Iraqi Kurdistan region, Slovenian defence minister says.

ISIS Leader Flees Iraq to Syria in Yellow Taxi: Report

The ISIS terrorist group’s leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who was said to be killed earlier this year, has reportedly fled from Iraq to Syria in a yellow taxi in a bid to avoid drawing suspicion.

‘General Soleimani Had Warned Erbil of Referendum Consequences’

A senior Kurdish diplomat has revealed that Commander of the IRGC Quds Force Major General Qassem Soleimani had warned the Iraqi Kurdish officials of the consequences of their independence referendum.

Baghdad Rejects Kurdistan’s Offer, Urges Annulment of Referendum Results

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has called for the total annulment of the recent Kurdish secession referendum in northern Iraq, apparently rejecting the Kurdish leader’s recent decision to merely freeze the results of the unconstitutional vote.

5,000 Kurdish Forces Join Iraqi Army in Nineveh Province

With the arrival of Iraqi federal forces in Nineveh Province in northern Iraq, five thousand Peshmerga forceshave joined the Iraqi army with all their military equipment.

Iraqi PM, Iranian First VP Discuss Regional Developments

Iraqi Prime Minister Haideral-Abadi, who has arrived in Tehran at the top of a delegation, has discussed issues of mutual interest with Iranian First Vice-PresidentEs’haqJahangiri.

Iran Reopens Land Border with Iraqi Kurdistan

Iran has reopened its land border with the Iraqi Kurdistan’s Sulaymaniyah province following a decision by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to suspend the results of its recent independence referendum.

Iraqi Kurds Offer to Suspend Referendum Results

The Iraqi Kurdistan has offered to suspend the results of its recent independence referendum in an effort to resolve a crisis in relations with Baghdad via dialogue rather than military means.

Recapture of Kirkuk Foils Iraq Disintegration Plot: Iran

A top advisor to Iran’s Leader says the recent recapture of Kirkuk thwarted a plot to disintegrate Iraq, adding the days of the US’ presence and influence in the region are numbered.

‘Barzani Funneled Revenues of Kirkuk’s Oil to Personal Accounts Overseas’

A political analyst says the president of Kurdistan Regional Government, Masoud Barzani, has made the greatest profit from the oil-rich Kirkuk province over the past 14 years.

Iran Has No Role in Kirkuk Operation: Leader’s Aide

Ali Akbar Velayati, an international advisor to Iran's Leader, has dismissed allegations of the Islamic Republic’s involvement in the Iraqi army’s operation to retake the oil-rich city of Kirkuk from Kurdish forces.

Iraqis Celebrate Recapture of Kirkuk from Kurds

The Iraqi central government forces have retaken the Kurdish-held city of Kirkuk on Monday in an operation launched on Sunday in response to Kurdistan’s independence referendum.

Iraqi PM Appoints Arab Acting Governor for Kirkuk

Iraqi premier has reportedly appointed an Arab politician as the new acting governor of Kirkuk, which is the scene of conflict between Iraqi forces and Kurdish Peshmarga since the beginning of the central government’s operation to retake the oil-rich city.

Iraqi Forces Retake Kirkuk’s Biggest Military Base

Iraqi forces have taken full control of the largest airbase of Kirkuk, known as K1, after recapturing vast areas of the city from Kurds in an operation started on Sunday night.

Iraq’s Internal Divisions Impacting Global Oil Market

While Iran’s nuclear deal is grabbing the international headlines, oil market experts are mainly concerned with the internal divisions in Iraq, particularly the conflict over the secession of Iraqi Kurdistan as the main element which can influence the global oil prices.

Baghdad’s Deadline for Kurdistan Gov’t Coming to End

Iraqi central government in Baghdad has set a deadline for the Kurdish Peshmerga forces to leave and hand over the areas which had been under the control of the army before the ISIS attack.

Ban on Kurdistan Airports Causing Daily Loss of $60,000

Baghdad’s ban on the arrival and departure of foreign flights at/from Kurdistan airports has reportedly caused a loss of 50 to 60 thousand dollars a day.

‘Iran Should Adopt Independent Policy towards Kurdish Secession’

An Iranian analyst says Tehran and Ankara cannot pursue a totally similar policy towards the issue of Iraqi Kurdistan, and Iran needs to adopt its own independent policy in this regard.

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