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Pressure grows on Iraqi Kurds to scrap independence vote

Erbil - Iraq's Kurds faced mounting international pressure Friday, including from neighbouring Iran, to call off an independence referendum that the UN Security Council warned was potentially destabilising.

UN Security Council warns against holding Iraqi Kurd vote

New York - The UN Security Council on Thursday warned that a referendum on independence by Iraq's Kurdistan region was potentially destabilizing, adding its weight to international opposition to the vote.

UN sets up probe of IS atrocities in Iraq

New York - The UN Security Council on Thursday unanimously decided to set up an investigation team to collect evidence on the massacres of Iraq's Yazidi minority and other atrocities committed by the Islamic State group in Iraq.

Iraq brings all remaining IS territory under attack

Baghdad - Iraq brought all of its territory still held by the Islamic State group under attack Thursday, throwing the jihadists on the defensive across their self-proclaimed "caliphate" extending into neighbouring Syria.

Turkey mulls options, rallies support to oppose Kurdish state

Istanbul - Turkey, which staunchly opposes Kurdish statehood, is far from alone in its rejection of an independence referendum in northern Iraq but it remains unclear whether this will translate into concrete action.

Erdogan demands Iraqi Kurds call off referendum

New York - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday demanded that Iraqi Kurds call off a referendum on independence, hinting at consequences if they go ahead.

Israel sees benefits in independent Kurdistan: experts

Jerusalem - Israel has become the only country to openly support an independent Kurdish state, a result of good ties between Kurds and Jews and expectations it would be a front against Iran and extremism, experts say.

Iraqi forces launch assault for last IS bastions in Anbar

- Iraqi security forces and paramilitary units launched a dawn assault Tuesday against one of the Islamic State group's last bastions in the vast western province of Anbar bordering Syria.

Yes or no? Independence referendum splits Iraqi Kurds

Arbil - Iraqi Kurds may have long dreamed of founding their own state, but the independence referendum set for September 25 has also exposed divisions between their autonomous region's main cities.

Iraq anti-graft task force fishes for 'sharks'

Baghdad - When the heat inside prison became unbearable for the corrupt former governor of Iraq's Salaheddin province he offered to stump up the money himself to air-condition the whole jail.The authorities readily accepted.

Turkish military starts drill near Iraqi border

Ankara - Turkey launched a military drill with tanks close to the Iraqi border on Monday, the army said, a week before Iraq's Kurdish region is set to hold an independence referendum.

Supreme court steps in to block Iraq Kurd independence vote

Baghdad - Iraq's supreme court Monday ordered the suspension of a September 25 referendum on the independence of Iraqi Kurdistan, as legal and political pressure mounted on the Kurds to call off the vote.

Iraqi Kurds pressure Baghdad with referendum bid

- An Iraqi Kurdish plan to hold a September 25 independence referendum, which has hit a legal roadblock with just a week to go, is more of a tool to pressure Baghdad than a step towards actual secession, observers say.

Iraq supreme court orders suspension of Kurdistan referendum

Baghdad - Iraq's supreme court on Monday ordered the suspension of a September 25 referendum on the independence of Iraqi Kurdistan, to examine whether such a poll would be constitutional.

Kurds: one stateless people across four countries

Arbil - The Kurds, a non-Arab ethnic group, number between 25 and 35 million people who are spread across four countries but without a state of their own.

Turkish military starts drill near Iraqi border

Ankara - Turkey launched a military drill featuring tanks close to the Iraqi border on Monday, the army said, a week before Iraq's Kurdish region will hold an independence referendum.

UN chief urges Iraqi Kurds to scrap referendum

New York - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Sunday urged Iraqi Kurds to scrap plans to hold a referendum on independence later this month, arguing it would detract from the fight against Islamic State jihadists.

UN urges Iraqi Kurds to drop referendum, hold talks

Baghdad - The United Nations has urged Iraqi Kurdish leader Massud Barzani to drop plans for a controversial independence referendum and enter talks with Baghdad aimed at reaching a deal within three years.

Iraq forces attack IS outpost ahead of Euphrates push

Baghdad - Iraqi forces attacked a desert outpost of the Islamic State group near the Syrian border Saturday in preparation for a drive up the Euphrates Valley towards the frontier, commanders said.

US urges Iraqi Kurdistan to call off independence vote

Washington - The United States Friday urged Iraqi Kurdistan to call off plans for an independence referendum later this month, warning the vote was distracting from the fight against the Islamic State group.

Iraq Kurd MPs to vote on independence referendum

Arbil - The Iraqi Kurdish parliament prepared to vote Friday on holding an independence referendum while keeping the door open for a last-minute compromise in the face of mounting opposition from Baghdad.

Iraq attack death toll rises to 84

- Gunmen and suicide bombers killed at least 84 people in southern Iraq in the deadliest attack by the Islamic State group since it lost second city Mosul, according to a new toll released on Friday.

Dozens dead in Iraq attack claimed by IS

Nasiriyah - Gunmen and suicide car bombers killed at least 74 people Thursday near the Iraqi city of Nasiriyah, in the deadliest attack claimed by the Islamic State group since it lost second city Mosul.

Iranians among 52 dead in Iraq attacks claimed by IS

Nasiriyah - Gunmen and suicide car bombers on Thursday killed at least 52 people including Iranians near the southern Iraqi city of Nasiriyah, in an attack claimed by Islamic State group.

Iraq, Turkey step up pressure over Kurd independence vote

Baghdad - Iraq and Turkey on Thursday stepped up the pressure on Iraqi Kurdistan over its planned independence referendum, as the governor of oil-rich Kirkuk province that decided to take part in the vote was sacked.

Iraq MPs sack Kirkuk governor over Kurd independence vote

Baghdad - Iraq's parliament voted on Thursday to sack the governor of oil-rich Kirkuk over his decision for the northern province to vote in a Kurdish independence referendum opposed by Baghdad.

Iraq condemns to death Russian jihadist captured in Mosul

Baghdad - An Iraqi court said on Tuesday it had sentenced to death a Russian captured in Mosul after finding him guilty of fighting for the Islamic State jihadist group.

Iraq holds 1,300 IS women, children: security official

Baghdad - Iraq has in its custody more than 1,300 women and children from Islamic State group families who surrendered to Kurdish peshmerga forces, an official said Monday.

The battle for Mosul from behind the camera

Perpignan - Finalists in one of photojournalism's most prestigious awards competition came away with far more than pictures while covering the fight for Iraq's Mosul, the longest urban battle since Stalingrad.

On the banks of the Tigris, a refuge for Iraqi readers

Baghdad - Sitting in the green grass under a bright Baghdad sun, Iraqi men and women bury their heads in romance novels, essay collections and volumes of poetry.
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