Iraq president arrives in Kuwait for official visit

Iraqi President Fuad Masum and his accompanying delegation arrived in Kuwait today for an official visit during which they will hold talks with the Emir…

Women’s rights are under threat in Iraq

Earlier this month, Iraq’s parliament received amendments to its constitution that — if approved — will fundamentally change Iraqi women’s legal rights. The amendments include…

The Repercussions of the Kurdistan Referendum

The Repercussions of the Kurdistan Referendum — between the…

Iraqi forces captures last ISIS held town in Iraq

The Iraqi army retook the last town in the country still held by the Islamic State group on Friday as the jihadists’ self-proclaimed “caliphate” faced…

Baghdad will cut Erbil’s share in 2018 federal budget

Iraq’s cabinet proposed on Sunday to slash the Kurdish share of the country’s revenue in the 2018 federal budget, a move that Kurdish officials said…

Iran vying for leadership of Shi’ites in Iraq

A top Iranian Shiite cleric visited Najaf and his aim was to raise his profile as a replacement for Sistani. In early September, Ayatollah Mahmoud…

Kurds Reveal five-point Initiative for Dialogue with Iraq

The Kurdistan Regional Government has proposed a joint Kurdish-Iraqi deployment at a strategic border crossing with Turkey, with the participation of the US-led coalition to…

Iraq ‘to take control of Kurdistan border crossings’

The Iraqi military has said it is preparing to take control of the autonomous Kurdistan Region’s only border crossings with Turkey and Syria. A statement…

Massoud Barzani to Step Down

From BBC, October 29, 2017. Iraqi Kurdish president Massoud Barzani is to step down as the region wrestles with Baghdad over independence. In a bitter…

America Never Understood Iraq

From The Atlantic, October 28, 2017, by Robert Ford. As the Kurdish crisis continues to spiral, a former diplomat laments a history of missed opportunities….

Iraq: What is the strategic importance of Hawija?

Shia Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF) and Iraqi army members gathered on the outskirts of Hawija [Reuters]Iraqi forces have captured the town of Hawija and the…

The UN remains deeply concerned for the safety of civilian populations [EN/AR/KU]

From Relief Web, Statement from UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, October 9, 2017. (Baghdad, 9 October 2017) – Although the United Nations is relieved…