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Are the Days of Low Oil Prices Receding?

Kurdistan News - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 19:12
The Kurdish vote for independence in Iraq is the latest geopolitical crisis to affect a market already weighing the impact of possible new sanctions on Iran.
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Iraqi Forces Sweep Into Kirkuk, Checking Kurdish Independence Drive

Kurdistan News - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 15:16
Government troops seize a crucial city and oil fields from separatists who have been pressing for an independent state in northern Iraq.
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Democracy Is Possible in Syria. My Friend Knew How.

Kurdistan News - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 13:59
Mehmet Aksoy died helping to build a free society in a region that sorely needs one. Now I’m sharing his final call to action.
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Iraqi Forces Begin Assault Near Kurdish-Held City of Kirkuk

Kurdistan News - Sun, 10/15/2017 - 23:36
American officials call for calm as Iraqis move in and Kurds vow to defend the city and oil fields at the center of their bid for independence.
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Jitters in Kirkuk Over Iraqi Troop Movements

Kurdistan News - Sat, 10/14/2017 - 00:46
Iraq’s prime minister says reports of Iraqi troops massing for an attack on Kurdish forces in Kirkuk were “fake news.”
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After 6,000 Years of Human Habitation, One Family and Lots of Mice

Kurdistan News - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 17:45
The Erbil citadel, in the capital of Iraq’s Kurdish region, is one of the oldest continuously occupied human settlements on earth.
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ISIS Fighters, Having Pledged to Fight or Die, Surrender en Masse

Kurdistan News - Sun, 10/08/2017 - 13:02
More than 1,000 militants turned themselves in after the latest in a string of humiliating defeats in Iraq and Syria. Many claim to have been only cooks or clerks.
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Jalal Talabani’s Enduring Struggle

Kurdistan News - Fri, 10/06/2017 - 14:11
This fierce Kurdish nationalist was the first democratically elected president of post-Saddam Hussein Iraq.
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After Threat of War, Iraq and Kurds Lower the Temperature

Kurdistan News - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 01:24
The Kurds provoked Iraq by voting for independence. Iraq replied with military and economic threats. Having made their points, both sides now seem willing to de-escalate.
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Jalal Talabani, Kurdish Leader and Iraq’s First Postwar President, Is Dead at 83

Kurdistan News - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 18:25
He used the largely ceremonial position as a bridge-builder during an intensely violent period in the years after the American-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein.
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Captured ISIS Fighters’ Refrain: ‘I Was Only a Cook’

Kurdistan News - Sun, 10/01/2017 - 14:11
Among thousands of civilians fleeing to Kirkuk after an Iraqi offensive are hundreds of Islamic State fighters. Many claim they were noncombatants.
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After the Vote, Does the Kurdish Dream of Independence Have a Chance?

Kurdistan News - Sat, 09/30/2017 - 14:01
Iraq’s Kurds voted overwhelmingly for an independent state, but their territory lacks democratic institutions, and their troubled economy is dependent on hostile neighbors.
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Kurds Voted for Independence. Here’s Who Else Has a Say.

Kurdistan News - Fri, 09/29/2017 - 20:36
After years of autonomy in Iraq, Kurds overwhelmingly supported a referendum on independence, creating another destabilizing crisis in the Middle East.
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As Kurdish Borders Close, War of Words Heats Up

Kurdistan News - Fri, 09/29/2017 - 18:56
Kurds insist on independence talks, and warn of retaliation as Iraq increases its crackdown, shutting off flights and closing borders.
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Catalans and Kurds Discover the Hard Truth About Secession

Kurdistan News - Fri, 09/29/2017 - 08:05
Independence referendums in Spain and Iraq reveal the deep contradiction between the norms and rules of secession.
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Iraq Escalates Dispute With Kurds, Threatening Military Action

Kurdistan News - Wed, 09/27/2017 - 19:10
Iraq threatened to send troops and seize oil fields and moved to shut down international flights in the Kurdish region after an independence referendum.
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How to Defuse the Iraqi Kurdish Crisis

Kurdistan News - Wed, 09/27/2017 - 14:31
The government in Baghdad has to walk a careful line to keep the tensions between the federal and regional governments from escalating.
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Kurdistan’s Dangerous Vote on Independence

Kurdistan News - Wed, 09/27/2017 - 01:20
Its yearnings are understandable, but in such an unstable region, breaking away from Iraq would lead to further violence.
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Iraq Orders Kurdistan to Surrender Its Airports

Kurdistan News - Tue, 09/26/2017 - 21:39
A day after Iraqi Kurds voted on independence, the Iraqi prime minister threatened to shut down flights to the region.
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The Kurds of County Leitrim: Refugees Call an Irish Town Home

Kurdistan News - Mon, 09/25/2017 - 20:01
About 100 Kurdish refugees were resettled in a small town in Ireland. Time, tragedy and hurling eventually made them feel part of the community.
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