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Erdogan demands Iraqi Kurds cancel referendum.

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday demanded that Iraqi Kurds cancel an independence referendum planned for 25 September, threatening consequences if they go ahead. "Steps such as demands for independence that can cause new crises and conflicts in the region must be avoided," Erdogan told the UN General ...

- EU Observer - EU

Turkey Mulling Sanctions Over Iraqi Kurdish Referendum.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan late on Sept. 19 warned of sanctions against the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government if it proceeds with its planned referendum for independence next week, Hurriyet reported.We have always supported' the KRG, Erdoğan told reporters in New York after his address at the U.N. General ...

- Novinite - BG

Regional implications of the Kurdish independence vote.

- Brookings - US

Kurdish and militia forces readying to retake Hawija.

Key Points Kurdish forces and their Shia militia rivals continue to be over-reliant on second-hand materiel, which is distributed on a highly inconsistent, inefficient basis. Kurdish Peshmerga and al-Hashd al-Shaabi are keen to move forward with an offensive against the Islamic State in the Hawija

- Jane’s - US

Erdogan says Turkey to consider sanctions over Kurdish independence vote: Anadolu.

ANKARA - Turkey will consider imposing sanctions on Kurdish northern Iraq over its planned independence referendum, President Tayyip Erdogan was cited by state-run Anadolu news agency as saying.

- Reuters - US

At UN, Erdogan demands Iraqi Kurds call off referendum, warns of 'consequences'.

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

- EurActive - UK

Rosneft seeking pact for Kurdish gas line.

Rosneft PJSC expects to complete an agreement with the Kurdistan Regional Government for construction of a natural gas pipeline able to supply electric power plants and factories in the Kurdish region of Iraq and to export as much as 30 billion cu m/year of gas to Turkey and Europe.

- OGJ - US

Would Independence Bring Freedom to Iraqi Kurdistan?.

Credit: Voice of America. Would Independence Bring Freedom to Iraqi Kurdistan?September 19, 2017Secession movements are sometimes justified, but statehood alone does not solve long-standing governance problems.  

- Freedom House - US

Isis still able to 'mastermind' attacks in the West despite Raqqa and Mosul losses.

Military says key Isis commanders killed but terror cell keeps moving as it is 'operationally security aware'.

- IBTimes.co.uk - UK

The enduring power of Mosul's rich and diverse past.

For centuries, Jew, Christians and Muslims lived together in uneasy harmony

- MercatorNet - US

France Clears Hundreds of Migrants From Wood Near Calais.

 French authorities evacuated hundreds of migrants from a wood on the northern coast near Calais on Tuesday over fears it could become a magnet for others hoping to head to Britain, The Local reported. Some 350 men, women and children, most of them Iraqi Kurds, had been living for weeks in squalid conditions in the wood ...

- Novinite - BG

Turkey to consider sanctions over Kurdish independence vote

Turkey will consider imposing sanctions on Kurdish northern Iraq over its planned independence referendum, President Tayyip Erdogan was cited by state-run Anadolu news agency as saying.

- The Daily Star - LB

Kirkuk shaping up as flashpoint ahead of Kurdistan independence vote

KIRKUK, Iraq - Visitors to Kirkuk in northern Iraq are greeted by an imposing statue of a Kurdish Peshmerga fighter with a gun slung over his shoulder, a reminder of tensions building in the hotly-contested city ahead of a referendum on Kurdish independence.

- Reuters - US

As East Mosul Comes Back To Life, West Mosul Remains In Ruins

Nine months after Iraqi forces drove ISIS from eastern Mosul, the east side's main street has come back to life. Wedding convoys decorated with ribbons and flowers honk their horns. Female drivers pull up in front of pastry shops and stalls piled high with fresh fruit. ISIS put up much less of a fight here

- Iraq Oil Report - US

Islamic State families moved to site north of Mosul, Iraq confirms

About 1,400 foreign wives and children of suspected Islamic State militants have been moved to a new site north of Mosul, Iraqi authorities confirmed on Monday, dismissing the concerns of aid organizations, who were not warned about the move. They were transported to a safe location with better services, in Tal Keif, under ...

- Iraq Oil Report - US

Why Iraqi Security Forces Are Promoting the Arts

Just as the Iraqi armed forces geared up for their advance into Western Mosul in February 2017, the Ministry of Defense newspaper Khaimat al-Iraq announced the revival of Iraq's Army Theater, an institution that once held musical and theatrical productions on its stage dating back to Saddam Hussein's days. The paper ...

- Iraq Oil Report - US

Violence as Iraq tries to block Kurdish independence vote

Iraq's ethnically-mixed and contested city of Kirkuk was on a nighttime curfew on Tuesday after clashes erupted there the previous night between Kurds and Turkmen amid preparations for the controversial Kurdish independence referendum next week, a local Turkmen official said. The Iraqi Kurds plan to hold the referendum on ...

- Iraq Oil Report - US

The Kurdish referendum won't deliver independence—here's why it matters anyway

On September 25, Iraqi Kurds will hold a non-binding referendum on independence. The autonomous Kurdish Regional Government has the capacity to hold the vote over the objections of the Iraqi government. Most likely, the vote will overwhelmingly favor independence and secession. Why are they pushing for this now, and what ...

- Brookings - US

Germany Arrests 2 Islamic State Suspects in Berlin

Two Iraqi men have been arrested in the German capital on suspicion of membership in a terrorist organization and war crimes as part of the Islamic State group, federal prosecutors said Tuesday. A 31-year-old, identified only as Raad Riyadh A. A. in line with privacy laws, and 19-year-old Abbas R. were both arrested Monday ...

- Voice of America - US

Gulf Keystone Plans Further Oil Output Increase In Kurdistan

Independent E&P Gulf Keystone, whose operations are concentrated in Kurdistan, said it has enough cash flow to invest in further crude oil output production in the region. In the release of its first-half 2017 financial results, the company said its cash balance as of September 18 stood at US$133.8 million – resources ...

- OilPrice.com - US

Could Kurdish Independence Spark An Oil War?

As the date of the Kurdish independence referendum approaches, oil industry moguls should be concerned about an oil production war between Iran and headless Iraq. The Kurds are expected to vote on their political status in late September. A vote in the affirmative would mean that Iraq would lose a chunk of its northern ...

- OilPrice.com - US

Ankara Increases Pressure on Iraqi Kurds Before Independence Vote

Around 100 Turkish tanks and armored vehicles are massed on the Iraqi-Kurdish border, ostensibly for military exercises, that coincide with a hardening of Ankara’s political rhetoric against the independence referendum by Iraqi Kurds. Government spokesman Bekir Bozdag said Tuesday the vote is being driven by a sick ...

- Voice of America - US

Iraqi School Named for Iran's Khomeini Causes Controversy

Iran Focus London, 19 Sep - The establishment of an Iraqi primary school that bears the name of Ruhollah Khomeini, founder of the Iranian Regime, has incited controversy over Iranian interference in Iraq and has even been labelled a provocation' to residents. The "Imam Khomeini" school, near Mosul, northern Iraq, was opened ...

- Iran Focus - UK

Kurdish referendum: Turkey's Erdogan demands vote be called off

Speaking at the UN, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned Iraqi Kurds to call off an independence referendum. Nearly all countries including the US and Iran oppose the vote — though Israel supports the idea.

- Deutsche Welle - DE

How Israel's support is swaying Kurdish sentiment ahead of referendum

Turkey's Kurds may have divergent views on Israeli backing for the referendum in Iraqi Kurdistan, but their support for the independence bid remains robust.

- Al-Monitor - EG

Police deploy in Kirkuk ahead of Kurdish vote

Police deployed in the Iraqi city of Kirkuk to prevent any outbreak of ethnic violence ahead of an independence referendum strongly opposed by the Baghdad government and Western and regional powers.

- The Daily Star - LB

Turkey's Erdogan says Kurdish independence vote risks regional crisis

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey Tuesday said a Kurdish independence referendum in northern Iraq could lead to fresh conflicts in the Middle East.

- The Daily Star - LB

Israel sees benefits in independent Kurdistan: experts

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.

- The Daily Star - LB

Kurds debate independence ahead of referendum

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

- The Daily Star - LB

Turkey-PKK 'drone wars' escalate

The armed conflict between Turkey and the PKK has been rapidly becoming drone-centric, with this dynamic radically altering the basic characteristics of this conflict while amassing legal and moral issues.

- Al-Monitor - EG

Police deploy in Iraqi oil city Kirkuk after deadly clash

Police deployed in the northern Iraqi oil city of Kirkuk to prevent any outbreak of ethnic violence ahead of an independence referendum strongly opposed by the central Baghdad government and Western and regional powers

- The Daily Star - LB

Turkey confirms intelligence officers captured in Iraq: minister

A Turkish minister appeared to confirm for the first time that two Turkish intelligence officers have been captured in northern Iraq, saying the government was not in direct talks with the Kurdish militant PKK group to bring them back.

- The Daily Star - LB

Turkish warplanes kill three Kurdish militants in northern Iraq: army

Turkish warplanes struck Kurdish militant targets in northern Iraq Tuesday, killing three militants, the military said, as part of a widening campaign against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party .

- The Daily Star - LB

What do Yazidis make of Kurdish independence?

Next week's independence referendum has divided one of Iraqi Kurdistan's most persecuted groups

- UN - INT

Police deploy in Iraqi oil city as tensions rise before Kurdish independence vote | Reuters

The post Police deploy in Iraqi oil city as tensions rise before Kurdish independence vote | Reuters appeared first on Firstpost.

- Firstpost - IN

Turkey not in direct talks for return of intelligence officers from Iraq: minister

ANKARA - A Turkish minister appeared to confirm for the first time that two Turkish intelligence officers have been captured in northern Iraq, saying the government was not in direct talks with the Kurdish militant PKK group to bring them back.

- Reuters - US

Police deploy in Iraqi oil city as tensions rise before Kurdish independence vote

KIRKUK, Iraq - Police deployed in the northern Iraqi oil city of Kirkuk to prevent any outbreak of ethnic violence ahead of an independence referendum strongly opposed by the central Baghdad government and Western and regional powers.

- Reuters - US

Tension Rises In Oil-Rich Kurdistan

Ethnic tensions are heating up in Kirkuk, the center of northern Iraq's oil industry, ahead of an independence referendum that the Kurdistan Regional Government has slated for September 25. Kirkuk, a multi-ethnic city, is the key to the control of the region's oil riches— and Baghdad has indicated more than once that it ...

- OilPrice.com - US

Regional implications of the Kurdish independence vote

Iraqi Kurdistan's neighbours will not allow the upcoming referendum to trigger wholesale changes in the regional order.

- Al Jazeera - QA

Clashes erupt in Iraqi city of Kirkuk over Kurdish vote

Iraq's ethnically-mixed and contested city of Kirkuk was on a nighttime curfew on Tuesday after clashes erupted there the previous night between Kurds and Turkmen amid preparations for the controversial Kurdish independence referendum next week, a local Turkmen official said.

- FOX News - US

Violence as Iraq tries to block Kurdish independence vote

Ethnic Kurds want to cement control over swath of land they secured as ISIS swept northern Iraq

- CBS NEWS - US

At Least 4 PKK Terrorists Killed in Airstrikes in Northern Iraq

At least four PKK terrorists were killed in airstrikes in northern Iraq, weapon emplacements, hideouts and ammunition depots belonging to the terrorists have been destroyed in airstrikes, the Turkish military said in a statement early Tuesday, Daily Sabah reported.According to the statement, the military received ...

- Novinite - BG

Iraqi Kurds split over Kurdish independence vote

Iraqi Kurds are slated to vote on an independent Kurdistan on September 25. Even though most are in favor of getting their own state, many are still considering to vote 'no' as Judit Neurink reports from Sulaimaniya.

- Deutsche Welle - DE

At least 15 people killed in bombing in western Mosul

At least 15 people killed in bombing in western Mosul...

- MENAFN - JO

Violence In Kirkuk Ahead Of Planned Kurdish Referendum Vote

Police have deployed in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk to prevent a deadly clash from developing into ethnic violence ahead of a referendum on Kurdish independence, reports say.

- Radio Free Europe - US

Iraqi Kurds set to vote on independence, panicking neighbors and Washington

The United States opposes next weeks's Kurdish referendum, which could fuel tensions and disrupt the fight against ISIS.

- Washington Post - US

More Kurdish oil possible, Gulf Keystone says

There's enough cash flow to invest in efforts needed to increase the level of crude oil production from the Kurdish north of Iraq, Gulf Keystone Petroleum said.

- UPI - US

Police deploy in Iraqi oil city Kirkuk after deadly clash

Police deployed overnight Monday in the northern Iraqi oil city of Kirkuk to prevent a deadly dispute from developing into ethnic clashes ahead of a referendum on Kurdish independence, local residents said

- The Daily Star - LB

U.S. Unexpectedly Allied with Iran Against Kurdish Referendum

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- Albawaba - UK

Kurdish Vote Celebration Turns Deadly; 16 Killed in Iraq

Some shot at a group of Kurdish celebrants in Kirkuk. The post Kurdish Vote Celebration Turns Deadly; 16Killed in Iraq appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

- Antiwar.com - US

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