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Peshmerga in Kirkuk
Peshmerga in Kirkuk
An Iraqi soldier waves an Iraqi flag, meters from the territory controlled by Kurdish military in Kirkuk. the Kurdish flag waves in the background. (photo: وكالة الاناضول )
Accusations, Insults, War Mongering:

What Happened Between The Kurdish + Iraqis In Kirkuk

Shalaw Mohammed
The military situation is tense in Kirkuk. Insiders say a deal was done to move troops but online, a bloody civil war was already being waged - it still threatens to spill over into real life.
15.10.2017
Time Not On Their Side:

Will Kurdish Independence Referendum See Iraqi Elections Postponed?

Mustafa Habib
In Baghdad, the Kurdish referendum has dominated all other official proceedings. Lack of progress on electoral laws means federal elections could be postponed - again.
11.10.2017
Over His Dead Body:

At His Funeral, Senior Kurdish Statesman Unites Foes

Histyar Qader
Even in death, senior Kurdish statesman, Jalal Talabani, brought fighting factions together at his funeral. It remains to be seen whether peripheral meetings at the memorial will have any lasting effect.
12.10.2017
Conspiracy Theories:

Strange Goings-On In Security, In Abu Ghraib

Ibrahim Saleh
A series of attacks in the Abu Ghraib district are giving rise to conspiracy theories that unknown militias want a return to a state of chaos, so they can take control.
11.10.2017
Kurdish woman Salma Abdulqadir is 120 years old - but may be even older. (photo: سلام هاندني) Kurdish woman Salma Abdulqadir is 120 years old - but may be even older. (photo: سلام هاندني) Kurdish woman Salma Abdulqadir is 120 years old - but may be even older. (photo: سلام هاندني)
Happy 120th:

Kurdish Woman May Be Oldest In Iraq, Possibly The World

Salam Handani
A sprightly 120-year-old living in Halabja province can claim the title of oldest woman in Iraq. She may even be the oldest in the world – and her grandchildren believe she is even older.
12.10.2017
Politician Barham Salih gives a speech in Kirkuk earlier this year. (photo: Anadolu Agency)
Politician Barham Salih gives a speech in Kirkuk earlier this year. (photo: Anadolu Agency)
Politician Barham Salih gives a speech in Kirkuk earlier this year. (photo: Anadolu Agency)
Promising Alliance:

Kurdish Political Heavyweight Announces Plan To Shake Up Local Voters

Honar Hama Rasheed
If people in Iraqi Kurdistan are not talking about the referendum on independence then they are discussing the arrival of new political alliance with the potential to change the Kurdish political landscape.
5.10.2017
Back From The Dead:

Kurdish Referendum Brings Back Ghost Of Saddam Hussein

Mustafa Habib
Former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein tried to exterminate the Kurds in Iraq. Now Iraqis angry about the Kurdish desire to secede are bringing back bad memories online.
3.10.2017
Highway To Hell?

Anbar Locals Warn Against Re-Opening Key Anbar Border Crossing

Kamal al-Ayash
Locals in Anbar celebrated when an important Iraqi-Jordanian border crossing was recently reopened. But the drivers who use it say many areas are still too dangerous to pass through.
4.10.2017
Truth, Dare, Promise:

Iraqis Fascinated By Online ‘Challenge’ Phenomenon

Rami al-Salhi
Young Iraqis are fascinated with an online game that involves a “challenge”. It’s gone from a genuine political commentary to marketing ploy, and there’s no sign of challenge fever abating.
4.10.2017
Save The Animals:

In Northern Iraq, It's A Dog's Life

Maaz Farhan
In Iraqi Kurdistan, hundreds of strays roam the streets. Despite cultural challenges a group of young Kurds is trying to help sick and wounded animals.
5.10.2017