Iraqi forces advance on Kurdish-held sites near Kirkuk

Iraqi forces advance on Kurdish-held sites near Kirkuk

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty The Iraqi Army says government troops have moved toward Kurdish-held sites in the northern province of Kirkuk, capturing several installations from Kurdish fighters. The military said on October 16 that pro-government forces took control of roads and infrastructure, including a military base, an airport, and an […]

U.S.-led coalition says it will not support Iraqi or Kurdish forces in Kirkuk

U.S.-led coalition says it will not support Iraqi or Kurdish forces in Kirkuk

by WorldTribune Staff, October 16, 2017 The U.S.-led coalition said it will remain neutral and urged both sides to avoid escalating tensions amid reports that Iraqi and Kurdish Peshmerga forces exchanged fire near Kirkuk. The Peshmerga, a key coalition ally in the fight against Islamic State (ISIS) since 2014, said the Iraqi advancement in Kirkuk […]

Kurdish vote triggers Iran-Iraq exercises, trip to Teheran by Turkey’s Erdogan

Kurdish vote triggers Iran-Iraq exercises, trip to Teheran by Turkey’s Erdogan

by WorldTribune Staff, October 4, 2017 In the wake of Iraqi Kurdistan’s independence vote, Iraq, Iran and Turkey are taking steps to ensure that borders in the region remain unchanged. Turkey’s leader is huddling with Iran’s leadership in Teheran and the Iraqi government has demanded that the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) cancel the result of […]

Netanyahu scoffs at Erdogan’s claim that Mossad had role in Kurdish vote

Netanyahu scoffs at Erdogan’s claim that Mossad had role in Kurdish vote

by WorldTribune Staff, October 3, 2017 Israel and Mossad were not involved in Kurdistan’s independence referendum, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Oct. 1. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sept. 30 charged that the waving of Israeli flags by Iraqi Kurds during independence celebrations was proof of Mossad’s involvement. “Regarding recent remarks about […]

Fury from Turkey, Iran, Hizbullah after Kurdish independence vote

Fury from Turkey, Iran, Hizbullah after Kurdish independence vote

by WorldTribune Staff, October 1, 2017 Iran has cut fuel oil to Iraqi Kurdistan and Turkey’s president said Israel’s Mossad was to blame for Kurdistan’s Sept. 25 vote for independence. Speaking from a secret location, the leader of Iran-backed Hizbullah said the vote was a “plot” conceived by the U.S. and Israel. Kurds flying Israeli […]

Kurds ignore UN warning, threats from Turkey with 9-to-1 vote for independence

Kurds ignore UN warning, threats from Turkey with 9-to-1 vote for independence

by WorldTribune Staff, September 27, 2017 Iraqi Kurds by an overwhelming margin approved a referendum for independence, shrugging off warnings from the UN, U.S. and Turkey. Initial results showed more than 90 percent of Kurds voted “yes” on the independence referendum. “There is no precedent in diplomatic history for the whole world closing ranks against […]

Turkish airstrikes take aim at both U.S.-backed Kurdish forces and ISIL in Syria

Turkish airstrikes take aim at both U.S.-backed Kurdish forces and ISIL in Syria

by WorldTribune Staff, August 28, 2016 Turkey confirmed its F-16s launched airstrikes on both Kurdish and Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) targets in Syria on Aug. 27. Turkish security sources said the strikes targeted U.S.-backed Kurdish YPG militia, which makes up the majority of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). The Jarablus Military Council, […]

Kurdish forces launch Iraqi offensive against ISIL-held Mosul

Kurdish forces launch Iraqi offensive against ISIL-held Mosul

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Kurdish militia fighters in Iraq’s Kurdish region have launched an offensive as part of the effort to capture the city of Mosul from the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group. The August 14 offensive began shortly after a campaign of intense artillery shelling and air strikes by […]

Petro kingdom at risk? 2016’s Mideast power matrix and the Chinese definition of ‘crisis’

Petro kingdom at risk? 2016’s Mideast power matrix and the Chinese definition of ‘crisis’

Special to WorldTribune.com By Norman Bailey Predictions that events in Saudi Arabia will be key to regional developments in 2016 have much merit. A number of analyses and New Year predictions have centered lately on what events might happen during 2016 involving Saudi Arabia. Certainly, several recent events might lead to such conclusions, to wit: […]