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Iran’s Top General Meets With Kurdish President Barzani As U.S. Neocons Push For War

In an unexpected diplomatic turn of events which underscores the seriousness of escalating tensions between the Iraqi government and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), the head of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard (which last week were designated by the US as a terrorist organization), General Qassem Soleimani, arrived in Erbil on Sunday and met with Kurdistan regional […]

Iraq Deploys Troops To Kirkuk After Kurdistan “Yes” Vote; Turkey Threatens Blockade

Immediately on the heels of the Iraqi Kurdistan "yes" vote, the Iraqi parliament approved sending troops to the disputed Kirkuk region to prevent the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) from taking full control of the oil-rich area. Preliminary official results out Wednesday indicate a 92% vote in favor of Kurdish independence. A written statement produced by Baghdad […]

“Yes” Vote for Iraqi Kurdistan: A New Chaos Is Redefining Middle East Borders

Submitted by Elijah Magnier, Middle East based chief international war correspondent for Al Rai Media Iraqi Kurds voted “yes” in the referendum to start materializing the dream of the 30 million Kurds inhabiting Iraq, Turkey, Syria and Armenia – a dream which begins by establishing an independent state in Iraqi Kurdistan. Despite the announcement of the […]

RussiaToday: Blasts & killing fail to blow apart Kurdish chance in Syria

In Syria, a third bomb blast has reportedly rocked the city of iDLib, just hours after eight people were killed and dozens wounded in twin explosions there. The government and the opposition are blaming each other for orchestrating the attacks. The Uni…

RussiaToday: Good Old Oil: Iraq split (again) over a barrel

The long-running feud over oil money between Iraq and its autonomous Kurdish region is deepening. The Kurds have halted fuel deliveries, claiming the government’s failed to pay up for nearly a year. But Baghdad accuses them of denying the country of th…

RussiaToday: Turkey clashes: Police fire tear gas at Batman protesters

Over a thousand Kurds clashed with police Tuesday in Turkey’s southeastern Batman Province on the eve of Nowruz, the Kurdish New Year. Police used water cannons and tear gas to disperse the crowd who hurled stones, firecrackers and Molotov cocktails. T…

RussiaToday: Turkey clashes video: Police fight Kurdish protesters

Turkish police used water cannon, tear gas and baton charges to break up Kurdish demonstrations across the country on Sunday and one local politician died in the protests, a sign of rising tension ahead of the Kurdish New Year this week after authoriti…