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The Clash Over Kirkuk - Foreign Affairs

It is an indictment of U.S. foreign policy that the two major players in the U.S.-led military campaign against the Islamic State (ISIS) have come to blows: the Iraqi central government and the Kurdistan Regional Government. Four days ago, Baghdad ...and more »

A 'Great Disaster' has just descended on Iraq - Macleans.ca

It's remarkable how quickly the tables have turned in northern Iraq. Less than a month ago, Iraqi Kurds voted in what was described as a landmark referendum on Kurdish independence. An estimated 3.3 million people turned out to vote in an atmosphere ...and more »

Struggle Over Kirkuk Puts the US and Iran on the Same Side - New York Times

BAGHDAD — When the Iraqi military battled Kurdish forces this week to reclaim the contested city of Kirkuk, the spectacle of one American-backed ally fighting another with American-supplied weapons was not the only incongruous sight. Another was the ...and more »

Baghdad takes last Kirkuk sector, Rosneft backs Irbil - Deutsche Welle

Iraq's military said its forces on Friday retook Altun Kupri, the last sector of Kirkuk, an Iraqi oil hub, which Kurdish peshmerga fighters seized in 2014 to prevent its capture in an Islamic State (IS) sweep. Iraqi and Kurdish media said peshmerga ...and more »

How the Kurdish independence referendum backfired spectacularly - Washington Post

When Kurdish forces recaptured the town of Sinjar from the Islamic State two years ago, the leader of Iraq's Kurdish region gave a triumphant speech on a mountainside, with a breathtaking view of plains behind him. Only the Kurdish flag would ever fly ...and more »

Iraqi forces clash with Kurdish fighters in town north of Kirkuk - CNN

Erbil (CNN) Clashes between Iraqi forces and Kurdish Peshmerga fighters broke out Friday as Iraqi units moved north of Kirkuk to the town of Altun Kupri. Fighting began when Iraqi troops and Shia militias entered Altun Kupri in an operation "to impose ...and more »

US Abrams tanks sway the battle in Kirkuk - ArmyTimes.com

U.S.-supplied M1A1 Abrams tanks to the Iraqi Army provided an asymmetrical advantage over Kurdish Peshmerga and security forces during the battle of Kirkuk, according to an American volunteer and Peshmerga commander who witnessed the battle.and more »

Russia's Rosneft To Take Controlling Stake Of Iraqi Kurdish Oil Pipeline - RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty

Russia's state-owned Rosneft oil company says it has agreed with the government of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region to take a controlling stake in the region's main oil export pipeline. Rosneft said in an October 20 statement that it will own 60 ...and more »

Iraq's Shiite Militias Are Just Getting Started - Foreign Policy (blog)

The Iranian-backed forces that took control of Kirkuk from the Kurds are setting their sights on Baghdad. By Anchal Vohra. | October 18, 2017, 11:27 AM. A member of the Popular Mobilization Forces flashes a "V" sign in the northern town of Hatra on ...and more »

Iran-Iraq War on the Kurds - The Weekly Standard

Iraqi prime minister Haider Al-Abadi took to Twitter on October 13 to dispute rumors that his forces were mobilizing to take over areas under the control of Iraqi Kurds, particularly the oil-rich city of Kirkuk. “The fake news being spread has a ...and more »