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IRAQ POLITICS: Iraqi Kurdish Legislators Approve Independence Referendum

IRAQ POLITICS: Iraqi Kurdish Legislators Approve Independence Referendum

The plan for the non-binding Kurdish referendum was approved in the Iraqi city of Erbil, the capital of a northern province with the same name, in the 111-seat parliament consisting of Barzani’s Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) of Iraq’s former president, Jalal Talabani, and the independent Goran and Jamaa Islamiya opposition parties.

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IRAQ POLITICS: Iraqi Parliament Rejects Iraqi Kurdish Referendum: Lawmakers

IRAQ POLITICS: Iraqi Parliament Rejects Iraqi Kurdish Referendum: Lawmakers

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s government had previously rejected the referendum as unilateral and unconstitutional.

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IRAN POLITICS: Senior Iranian Official to Iraqi Kurdish: Forgo Referendum for Secession

IRAN POLITICS: Senior Iranian Official to Iraqi Kurdish: Forgo Referendum for Secession

Mohsen Rezaei warns, “Iraq is a well-known nation and a member of the United Nations with international borders, and its breakup is a very wrong thing, because the disintegration of the country would be the starting point for dangerous insecurities in the region. It would have “dangerous” ramifications for the regional countries, said Rezai, who is currently the secretary of Iran’s top arbitration body, the Expediency Council, having served as the head of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) all through the eight-year Iraqi war of the 1980s on Iran.”

“If the disintegration of Iraq begins, it will be extended to Syria and Turkey, and a separatist war will break up in the region, which may plunge the region to 20 years of insecurity. That is why the Islamic Republic of Iran, Turkey, Syria and Iraq are strongly opposed to a geographical change in the region.”

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IRAQ POLITICS: Iraqi Kurdish Referendum Potential Reason for War: Turkish Nationalist Leader

IRAQ POLITICS: Iraqi Kurdish Referendum Potential Reason for War: Turkish Nationalist Leader

Devlet Bahceli, the leader of Turkey’s Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), said Thursday that Ankara should oppose plans by the leader of Iraq’s Kurdistan region, Massoud Barzani, to hold the referendum in September, adding that the move could ignite turbulence in Turkey’s southeast, which is populated by millions of Kurds.

“This is a rehearsal for Kurdistan. If necessary Turkey should deem this referendum as a reason for war,” said Bahceli, adding, “A position must be taken to the end against Barzani’s preparation for an independence referendum which incorporates Turkmen cities.”

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IRAQ POLTICS: UN Aid Workers Urge Safe Passage for Civilians Fleeing Northern Iraq Ahead of Battle

IRAQ POLTICS: UN Aid Workers Urge Safe Passage for Civilians Fleeing Northern Iraq Ahead of Battle

Andrej Mahecic, spokesperson at the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) told journalists in Geneva about the ongoing operations to retake the city. “We fear that Iraqi civilians are likely to be held as human shields again and that attempts to flee could result in executions/shootings. Many talk of seeing dead bodies along the way, and there are reports that some were killed by extremist groups. Others appear to have died due to dehydration or illnesses.

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IRAQ POLITICS: US Created ISIS Now Claims Victory Over It: Iraqi VP al-Maliki Talks Tough

IRAQ POLITICS: US Created ISIS Now Claims Victory Over It: Iraqi VP al-Maliki Talks Tough

“Yes, they supported us with aviation, but the main credit goes to the Iraqi soldiers, people’s militia, Iraqi air force,” al-Maliki stated in his interview with the Russian news agency.

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IRAQ POLITICS: Iraq Successfully Test-Fires Indigenous Short-Range Yaqeen-1 Rocket

IRAQ POLITICS: Iraq Successfully Test-Fires Indigenous Short-Range Yaqeen-1 Rocket

Iraq has successfully test-fired a locally designed and manufactured rocket as part of efforts to revive its defense industries and use indigenous military hardware in the fight against Daesh Takfiri terrorist group and potential foreign threats.

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IRAQ POLITICS: 36 Hours After Haider al-Abadi Declared Victory in Mosul Iraqi Forces Strike ISIS in Mosul

IRAQ POLITICS: 36 Hours After Haider al-Abadi Declared Victory in Mosul Iraqi Forces Strike ISIS in Mosul

“There are still going to be losses from the Iraqi security forces as they continue to secure Mosul.”

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IRAQ POLITICS: Fall of Mosul Won’t Stop Islamic State Spreading Fear

IRAQ POLITICS: Fall of Mosul Won’t Stop Islamic State Spreading Fear

“Several dozen people directed by Islamic State may be currently present in Europe with a capability to commit terrorist attacks,” the EU warned.

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MIDDLE EAST POLITICS: U.S. Ultimate Goal is to Partition Iraq, Syria: Analyst

MIDDLE EAST POLITICS: U.S. Ultimate Goal is to Partition Iraq, Syria: Analyst

US ultimate goal is to separate Iraq and Syria from Iran to stop Baghdad and Damascus from being part of the axis of resistance against Israel and America.

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IRAQ POLITICS: Mosul Grand al-Nuri Mosque Destroyed By Islamic State

IRAQ POLITICS: Mosul Grand al-Nuri Mosque Destroyed By Islamic State

“Blowing up the al-Hadba minaret and the al-Nuri mosque amounts to an official acknowledgement of defeat,” Iraqi Prime Minister said.

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IRAQ POLITICS: US Firm in Iraq Ignores Theft, Alcohol Smuggling for F-16 Fighter Jets

IRAQ POLITICS: US Firm in Iraq Ignores Theft, Alcohol Smuggling for F-16 Fighter Jets

The fired investigators, Robert Cole and Kristie King, said they uncovered evidence Sallyport employees were involved in human trafficking for prostitution.

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IRAQ POLITICS: Shi’ite Ruling Coalition Opposes Kurds’ Independence Referendum

IRAQ POLITICS: Shi’ite Ruling Coalition Opposes Kurds’ Independence Referendum

Iraq’s Shi’ite ruling coalition would oppose Kurdish to hold a referendum on independence after defeat of Islamic State, its president, Ammar al-Hakim said.

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UK POLITICS: Blair Prosecution Over Iraq War Blocked By Attorney General Jeremy Wright

UK POLITICS: Blair Prosecution Over Iraq War Blocked By Attorney General Jeremy Wright

UK Attorney General Jeremy Wright QC is prepared to go to court to demand that former Prime Minister Tony Blair not be prosecuted over the Iraq war.

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IRAQ POLITICS: ISIS Launches Chlorine Gas Attack in Mosul: Report

IRAQ POLITICS: ISIS Launches Chlorine Gas Attack in Mosul: Report

IRAQ WAR: Russian Foreign Ministry has warned that the humanitarian plight of war-torn Mosul has “escalated to the limit.”

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IRAQ POLITICS: Kushner, Flies Into Iraq With Top US General

IRAQ POLITICS: Kushner, Flies Into Iraq With Top US General

Marine General Joseph Dunford chairman of US military’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, invited Kushner,Tom Bossert, White House homeland security adviser, to accompany him.

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IRAQ POLITICS: Iraqi Parliament Bans Hoisting of Kurdish Flags in Kirkuk

IRAQ POLITICS: Iraqi Parliament Bans Hoisting of Kurdish Flags in Kirkuk

Turkey, Iraq’s northern neighbor which has its own issues with Kurds and is in the midst of a crackdown on Kurdish militants, condemned the flag hoisting.

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IRAQ POLITICS: Mosul War: Civilian Casualties Increase

IRAQ POLITICS: Mosul War: Civilian Casualties Increase

Mosul War Report Updates: “We are stunned by this terrible loss of life,” Lise Grande, the humanitarian coordinator for Iraq, said in a statement.

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IRAQ POLITICS: Fear, Hunger, Destruction in Mosul Old City

IRAQ POLITICS: Fear, Hunger, Destruction in Mosul Old City

Iraqi leaders say the battle to recapture Mosul is reaching its final stages, trumpeting each gain made against the militants.

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IRAQ POLITICS: Discovered! Mass Grave of Shi’ite Inmates Killed By Islamic State

IRAQ POLITICS: Discovered! Mass Grave of Shi’ite Inmates Killed By Islamic State

“Initial checks of the mass grave revealed remains with prison uniforms and lined up in a way that indicates they were shot dead in groups,” said Karim Nouri, spokesman for the Hashid Shaabi.

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