Category Archives: Iraq news

Did The Iraqi Government Say Iraq Is Safe Enough To Return To?

By Razbar Sulaiman: An Islamic State suicide car bombing in the Karrada district of Baghdad early Sunday morning ripped through the neighbourhood busy with shoppers preparing for this week’s Eid Al-Fitr holiday, killing at least 250, wounding hundreds more, and further shredding the credibility of Iraqi government. A suicide bomber blew up an explosive-laden pickup…

Iraq: The Obscenity of Chemical Weapons

By Muhamed Hassan –  Immersed Thinking: With the firing of mortars containing a chemical agent at the Iraqi town of Taza, south of the city of Kirkuk, and the death of a 3-year-old girl from the exposure, Daesh is undoubtedly escalating the war a few notches. The little girl died of respiratory complications and kidney…

Iraq: Establishing Security is the Biggest Challenge

By Muhamed Hassan –  Immersed Thinking: Casualty figures in Iraq are a grim reminder of the government’s inability to protect its citizens. It is a failure that should be one of the principal factors behind any prospective state reforms. It should take precedence over any other domain because, without sustaining security, it would be far…

Kurds will not be deceived by the new rule in Baghdad

By Arian Mufid: The main blame for today’s disaster in Iraq lies with former prime minister Nuri Maliki and his hostile policies towards the Kurds and Sunni Arabs. The terrible price of his sectarian rule was the explosive rise of IS which has in turn forced Mailiki to stand down. After several weeks of negotiating,…

Peshmargas make strategic gain, recapturing Mount Zartak

KT News: Peshmerga forces made an important strategic advance yesterday by recapturing Mount Zartak in a battle that left more than 30 ‘Islamic State’ (IS) gunmen dead. The mountain overlooks the Nineveh province plain stretching to Mosul. IS terrorists who recently occupied nearby villages are now within reach of Kurdish firepower. Bookmark on Delicious Recommend…

Abadi is Iraq’s last chance to stay united

By Arian Mufid: This week Haider Abadi was endorsed by the Iraqi parliament as the new prime minister of Iraq. Mr Abadi is a Shia from the Dawa Party, the same party as the former premier, Nuri Maliki. He has an educated background and did most of his postgraduate studies in the UK.  Kurds have…

IS guilty of sexual violence against women and children says UN

KT News: The ‘Islamic State’ group (IS, also known as ISIS) has been accused by senior United Nations (UN) representatives of systematic sexual violence and child abuse, among its other barbaric acts, in Iraq and Kurdistan.“We are gravely concerned by continued reports of acts of violence, including sexual violence against women and teenage girls and boys…

Holocaust Museum condemns IS ‘genocide’ against Yazidi Kurds

KT News: As the US military launched air-strikes against ‘Islamic State’ (IS) positions close to south Kurdistan, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum condemned IS “crimes against humanity” committed against religious minorities in Iraq, calling the attacks on Yazidi Kurds genocidal. “Of greatest immediate concern is the fate of up to 50,000 Yazidi civilians estimated…

‘KRG to pay salaries in dollars not dinars’

KT News: The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) is considering paying public sector salaries for the month of June in US dollars rather than Iraqi dinars. IraqiNews.com quotes a KRG source as saying: “the reason for the replacement process in the distribution of salaries is due to a lack of cash of the Iraqi currency in the…

Kurd MPs split over Iraq presidency, Ma’sum nomination beats Salih

By a Correspondent: The election of the next Iraq president by the Baghdad parliament has been delayed for 24 hours because Kurd politicians have struggled to put forward a single candidate. As a legacy of the Strategic Agreement between the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), it was agreed that…

Kurds are the unintentional winners, but what’s really going on in Iraq?

By our Correspondent: What is really going on? Here in brief are a couple of theories. First: Iran may be behind ISIS and back its leaders while the ordinary jihadists jumping on the bandwagon are unaware of the bigger picture. This would be mainly to discredit the Sunnis, as a by-propduct further trashing the reputation…

UNICEF: Mass vaccinations to prevent spread of polio in Kurdistan

KT News: UNICEF will work with the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to carry out a mass vaccination campaign to prevent the spread of polio and other diseases among children displaced to Kurdistan by the Iraq conflict. About 300,000 refugees crossed into south Kurdistan territories last week to escape the fighting around Mosul after ISIS jihadists…

US tells Nuri Maliki, ‘You’re on your own’

By Mufid Abdulla: Since the 6th June when ISIS stormed Mosul, and then captured Tekrit, the whole world has been shaken by their ferocity and capability in seizing ground so quickly. The political and military power of Nuri Maliki has collapsed before the eyes of all the Iraqi people, who are left wondering how it…

Nechirvan Barzani backs Sunni autonomy

 KT News: Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) prime minister Nechirvan Barzani told the BBC today that it will be difficult to resolve the Iraq conflict while Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki is in power. He also expressed support for an autonomous region for Sunnis but said he thinks Iraq can avoid falling apart. “Now we have to…