Category Archives: Kirkuk

Maliki’s intransigence unites Kurd parties in disputed areas

KT News and Comment: The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) delegation to Baghdad has returned home with the bitter news that Iraq prime minister Nuri Al Maliki has refused to dismantle the Dijla operation forces in the disputed territories. KRG president Masud Barzani has made a statement condemning Maliki’s action as illegal and in breach of…

KRG and Iraq government hold talks in Baghdad

KT News: Amid high tension over the disputed territories, officials from the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Peshmerga ministry and the Iraq defence ministry held talks today in Baghdad.  Both sides have issued a joint statement saying they have agreed to cooperate in seeking a solution to the dispute. The talks are due to continue tomorrow….

Let’s stop Maliki: ‘Dijla’ cannot climb ‘Hamreen’

Kamal Chomani

By Kamal Chomani: Dijla Operations Command is nothing but a step by quasi-Ba’athist Premier Nouri Al-Maliki’s to totally control Kirkuk and the other Kurdish areas which have not yet been incorporated into Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) territory, following the former dictatorship’s atrocities designed to change the demography of these areas. It is time to tell Maliki: Stop!…

Kurdish parties must unite against Maliki

By Mufid Abdulla: Since the July 2010 Iraq elections, during its second term in office, Nuri Maliki’s Dawa party has embarked on a dictatorial path, overriding several constitutional rules such as Article 140, and using all types of methods to suppress the case for the normalisation of Kirkuk city. As the crisis in Iraq – with…

Soran Mama Hama anniversary honours independent journalists

News and Comment by KT: On the eve of the fourth anniversary of Soran’s murder, the Soran Mama Hama Committee has decided to award its memorial prize to three journalists: Nabaz Goran, who writes for several newspapers, Niaz Abdulla of the Metro organisation and Shwan Mohammed, former editor of Awena newspaper. These three have worked tirelessly for…

Kirkuk is a Kurdish city by history and geography

By Mufid Abdulla: Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s visit to Kirkuk yesterday has caused a lot of anger and frustration among Kurdish commentators due his statement that Kirkuk has an Iraqi identity. He said this to a cabinet meeting of the Kirkuk council which was boycotted by the Kurdish members who make up a majority.  This…

Kirkuk city suffers destabilisation

News and comment by The Kurdistan Tribune: Yesterday a car bomb exploded in the south of Kirkuk city. The driver and his passenger, both armed, were killed by the explosion. Kirkuk’s head of police Colonel Sarhad Kadir told local news  agencies that these men were planning a terrorist attack but the car blew up before they reached…

‘Only Article 140 can guarantee the future of Kirkuk’

Ahmed Askari is a member of the Kirkuk Council. He is Head of the Kirkuk security committee and a member of the projects and investment committee. He was interviewed by The Kurdistan Tribune. KT: What has been achieved so far by the Council in Kirkuk? Ahmed Askari: There has been the construction of two electricity…

Iraqi-Kurd force set to take over in Kirkuk

Iraq’s Golden Lions security force – made up of Iraqi and Kurdish troops and police – is getting ready to take full responsibility for Kirkuk if US forces complete their withdrawal scheduled for the end of this year. In the coming weeks, reports Reuters, US soldiers will leave the Iraqi and Kurdish forces increasingly alone…