Kurds News

US withdrawal from Syria forces its allies to face return of Islamic State detainees

Most of those detainees’ home countries have been looking the other way, despite the Kurds’ pleas to relieve them of that burden.

Iraq's Kurds hold elections for regional parliament

More than 700 candidates are vying for 111 seats in the elections, in which nearly 3.5 million Kurds were eligible to vote. It's unclear how much change the elections could bring or whether the vote would only cement Iraqi Kurdish divisions further.


Syria's Assad threatens to attack area under US-backed Kurds

The United States, which supports the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, operates air bases and outposts in the Kurdish-administered region.

Iraq says vast areas taken from Kurds in Kirkuk, Kurds deny gains

Kirkuk, a city of more than a million people with a large Kurdish community, lies just outside KRG territory, but Peshmerga forces were stationed there in 2014 when Iraqi security forces collapsed in the face of an Islamic State onslaught.

Kurdish independence vote damages US efforts to preserve unified Iraq

The referendum was condemned by neighboring Turkey and Iran, which fear it will embolden independence demands by their Kurdish populations.

Iraqi Kurds vote in historic referendum on independence from Baghdad

Millions are expected to vote across the three provinces that make up the Kurdish autonomous region, as well as residents in disputed territories- areas claimed by both Baghdad and the Kurds, including the oil-rich city of Kirkuk.


Kurd referendum: Ethnically divided Iraqi town fears fresh conflict after independence vote

Asked whether his forces would move to prevent such a crisis, said Mohammed Mahdi al-Bayati, a senior leader in the Badr Organization made only veiled reference to looming violence: "There will be conflict for sure within 24 hours of the referendum."

Kurd referendum: Turkey warns of global conflict if Iraq or Syria break up

Turkish troops dug in on the southern border on Tuesday and turned their weapons towards Kurdish-run northern Iraq.

Kurd referendum: Turkish tanks drill on Iraqi border week before Kurdish vote

In Turkey, around 100 military vehicles, mostly tanks, took part in the drill near the Habur border gate, a crossing point into Iraq, the private Dogan news agency said. Vehicles carrying missiles and howitzers also participated.

Iraqi Kurds to vote on independence despite region's fears

Since Saddam Hussein's fall in 2003, the Kurdish government has held off on dreams of statehood, saying it would try working within a united Iraq, albeit with a large degree of autonomy.