Iraq Rejects Kurdish Offer To Suspend Referendum As Army Retakes Northern Territory

The Kurdistan Regional Government offered to freeze the outcome of the independence referendum as a basis for dialogue with the Baghdad government.

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Iraqi Prime Minister Haydar al-Abadi was in Tehran on Thursday for consultations with the Iranian government (no, Abadi isn’t afraid of Trump.). During his meeting with Iranian vice president Ishaq Jahangiri, his office released a statement replying to Massoud Barzani. Barzani is the president of the Kurdistan Regional Government, an autonomous

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War Report: An Interview With War Correspondent Ali Musawi On The Kurdish Referendum

Acquiring leverage for expansion and not independence had always been the purpose of the referendum. The KDP et al had calculated that they needed ownership of Kirkuk’s oil for any prospect of independence, so expansion was the first priority.

Federal Iraqi security forces gather outside the Kurdish hold City of Altun Kupri, outskirts of Irbil, Iraq, Thursday Oct. 19. 2017. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

ERBIL, IRAQ -- For the past three years, Ali Musawi has been reporting for Press TV on updates, agreements, and clashes involving Daesh (ISIS), Kurdish factions, and the Iraqi armed forces.  In an October 17, 2017 interview with Musawi, I was able to obtain on-the-ground insight from a war correspondent living in Erbil into the KRG referendum, the

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Iraq Forgets ISIS, Moves Against Kurds As 15 Killed In Iraq

The Iraqi government accused the Kurdistan Regional Government of declaring war by bringing in guerrilla fighters from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party, which has been waging a guerrilla war against Turkey for decades.

Iraqi tanks deploy in the village of Bashir, south of Kirkuk, Iraq, Friday, Oct. 13, 2017. Kurdish forces have withdrawn from the edges of a disputed region in northern Iraq, a commander said Friday, amid tensions with Iraq's central government over the administration of the oil-rich city of Kirkuk. (AP/Emad Matti)

Iraqi security forces have begun an operation against Kirkuk. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi claimed, in a statement, that troops were imposing security in the area “in cooperation with the people of Kirkuk and the Peshmerga.” However, it is likely the operation is in response to the September 25 Kurdish independence referendum. Earlier,

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The Splintering Of States May Signal A New Era Of Corporate Rule

If this trend continues, with the world continuing to splinter, the only entities left with any global power will be corporations and religious organizations, a world where frightened people pray to Facebook and the gods of Google

Democracy can be messy. In the northeast corner of Spain this week, democracy was downright chaotic. Catalans went to the polls on Sunday to vote in a referendum on whether to stay in Spain or go their separate way. The Spanish authorities, however, declared the vote illegitimate and sent in the national police to disrupt the

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Iraq Deploys Troops To Oil-Rich Kirkuk After Kurdistan Vote

Currently, Israel is the only country which has voiced public support for Kurdish independence – something which has earned the condemnation of Turkey, Iran, and others in the region.

Turkish and Iraqi soldiers sit on Turkish tanks during the exercises in Silopi, near the Habur border gate with Iraq, southeastern Turkey, Sept. 26, 2017. (AP Photo)

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

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Clashes In Kirkuk As Iraq Supreme Court Strikes Down Kurdistan Referendum

The problem is that the Iraqi Supreme Court’s decision will not be recognized or honored by the elites in the Kurdistan Regional Government, the Kurdish super-province. The Kurds say that no Iraqi government troops from Baghdad can ever set foot on Kurdistan soil.

A man holds a Kurdish flag with a picture of Iraqi Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani during a gathering to support next week's referendum in Iraq, at Martyrs Square in Downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017. Iraq's Kurdish region plans to hold the referendum on Sept. 25 to gauge support for independence from Iraq for the autonomous region. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

The Iraqi Supreme Court has ordered that the referendum on independence planned for September 25 be halted. The problem is that the Iraqi Supreme Court’s decision will not be recognized or honored by the elites in the Kurdistan Regional Government, the Kurdish super-province. The Kurds say that no Iraqi government troops from Baghdad can ever

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