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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: Kurdistan Independence Will Breakup Iraq: Analyst

IRAQ POLITICS: Kurdistan Independence Will Breakup Iraq: Analyst

“Independence means that we will enter into a conflict which actually Barzani is pushing for. He moved his tanks and he moved a number of his special troops into Kirkuk and adjacent areas. So it seems that he understands that it is too late for him to use the referendum as a blackmail against the Iraqi government for more political gains. Now he is trying to use the status quo or the matter of fact that he is trying to occupy certain areas which are outside the control of KRG (the Kurdistan Regional Government) and hence leading to an armed conflict,” Sa’ad al-Muttalibi, member of the State of Law Coalition said.

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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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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: Amnesty International Calls for Special Mosul Commission to Probe Potential War Crimes By Coalition, Islamic State

IRAQ POLITICS: Amnesty International Calls for Special Mosul Commission to Probe Potential War Crimes By Coalition, Islamic State

The often disproportionate and imprecise use of deadly force by the coalition fighting terrorists in Mosul has prompted major criticism from Amnesty.

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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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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: 100,000 Children in Dangerous Conditions in Mosul: UNICEF

IRAQ POLITICS: 100,000 Children in Dangerous Conditions in Mosul: UNICEF

“In some cases, they have been forced to participate in the fighting and violence,” Peter Hawkins, representative of UNICEF in Iraq added.

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IRAQ POLITICS: ISIS Car Bomb Attack Ripped Baghdad

IRAQ POLITICS: ISIS Car Bomb Attack Ripped Baghdad

At least 27 people have been killed and dozens injured in twin car bomb attacks in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad. The first explosion, which ripped through an ice cream shop, has been claimed by Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL).

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IRAQ POLITICS: Civilians Lack Food, Water, Medicine as Mosul Battle Mounts: UN

IRAQ POLITICS: Civilians Lack Food, Water, Medicine as Mosul Battle Mounts: UN

Up to 200,000 people still live behind Islamic State lines in Mosul’s Old City and three other districts, U.N. Humanitarian Coordinator Lise Grande told Reuters late on Sunday.

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IRAQ POLITICS: Some 10,000 People Fleeing West Mosul Every Day: UN Migration Agency Warns

IRAQ POLITICS: Some 10,000 People Fleeing West Mosul Every Day: UN Migration Agency Warns

“International law is unambiguous. The protection of civilian lives is legal and moral duty that stands above all other objectives,” underscored the UN aid chief.

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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: Mosul Fighting: Hundreds Flee, Others Return to Liberated Areas

IRAQ POLITICS: Mosul Fighting: Hundreds Flee, Others Return to Liberated Areas

“We are besieged in the Resala area. There are stray bullets from other areas where there is fighting; three children have died,” said Mohamed Sobhi.

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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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