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Iraqi Forces Advance on in Kurdish-Held Kirkuk to Protect State’s Unity
16 Oct 2017 10:57

Iraqi Forces Advance on in Kurdish-Held Kirkuk to Protect State’s Unity

Islam times - Iraqi forces have launched an overnight operation on Monday to liberate oil-rich Kirkuk from Kurdish militias, known as Peshmerga, with Prime Minister describing it as government's constitutional duty to protect country's unity.

 
Nearly 700,000 Iraqis still displaced months after Mosul recapture: NGO
15 Oct 2017 13:43

Nearly 700,000 Iraqis still displaced months after Mosul recapture: NGO

Islam times - An independent humanitarian organization says hundreds of thousands of people are still displaced from Iraq’s strategic northern city of Mosul, which served as Daesh terror group’s last urban bastion and its de facto capital in the Arab country, months after government forces and their ...

 
A file photo of Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga forces
14 Oct 2017 04:07

Kurdistan deploys tens of thousands of forces to oil-rich Kirkuk

Islam Times - Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region has deployed tens of thousands of Peshmerga forces to the Kirkuk region amid tensions with the central government over a controversial secession referendum it held last month.

 
 
Iraq’s Supreme Judicial Council
12 Oct 2017 04:42

Iraqi Court Orders Arrest of Organizers of Unconstitutional Kurdistan Referendum

Islam Times - An Iraqi court issued arrest warrants on Wednesday for the chairman of its Kurdish region’s referendum commission and two aides for organizing an unconstitutional referendum to secede.

 
What’s Next for Patriotic Union of Kurdistan after Talabani’s Death?
12 Oct 2017 04:37

What’s Next for Patriotic Union of Kurdistan after Talabani’s Death?

Islam Times - The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) was founded by Jalal Talabani who later became the postwar president of Iraq along with his like-minded Kurdish friends in Damascus in early June 1975.

 
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi
11 Oct 2017 04:17

Abadi says Daesh to be completely defeated in Iraq this year

Islam Times - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi says the Daesh Takfiri terrorists group will be totally defeated in the Arab country until the end of the current year.

 
Over 100 European ISIS Terrorists Face Death Penalty in Iraq
9 Oct 2017 08:12

Over 100 European ISIS Terrorists Face Death Penalty in Iraq

Islam Times - More than 100 European ISIS terrorists will be prosecuted in Iraq, with most facing the death penalty, the country’s ambassador to Belgium has said.

 
What’s Behind Barzani’s New Leadership Council?
9 Oct 2017 08:08

What’s Behind Barzani’s New Leadership Council?

Islam Times - A week after the independence referendum, Iraq’s Kurdish region leaders founded “Political Leadership of Kurdistan-Iraq”, a leadership body replacing the High Referendum Council that undertook the preparation and organization of the controversial September 25 vote on breakaway from Iraq....

 
Iraqi forces advance towards the city of al-Sharqat on September 21, 2017, where Iraqi forces backed by Hashed al-Sha’abi forces are preparing to retake Hawijah in the province of Kirkuk. (Photo by AFP)
5 Oct 2017 07:22

Iraqi military announces Hawijah liberation following two-phase operation

Islam Times - The Iraqi military says it has liberated the strategic town of Hawijah, ridding the Takfiri outfit of its last bastion in the northern part of the Arab state.

 
Iraq’s Former President Jalal Talabani Dies, Aged 84
4 Oct 2017 11:14

Iraq’s Former President Jalal Talabani Dies, Aged 84

Islam Times - Jalal Talabani, former Iraqi president and Kurdish politician, has died in Germany aged 84.

 
Iraqi Kurds casts their votes in the Kurdish independence referendum in the city of Kirkuk in northern Iraq on September 25, 2017. (Photo by AFP)
4 Oct 2017 06:49

Iranian lawmaker slams Iraqi secession vote as ‘strategic mistake’

Islam Times - A senior Iranian lawmaker has denounced the recent Kurdish secession referendum in northern Iraq as a “strategic mistake,” warning that the plebiscite will pose a myriad of challenges to the Kurdish region.

 
US Not Seriously Opposing Iraqi Kurds’ Breakaway, Seeks Long-Term Interests
4 Oct 2017 05:17

US Not Seriously Opposing Iraqi Kurds’ Breakaway, Seeks Long-Term Interests

Islam Times - The leaders of Iraq’s Kurdistan region finally held their controversial independence referendum on September 25 after several months of campaigning.

 
Four Reasons Divergence Could Reappear in Post-Poll Kurdish Region
4 Oct 2017 05:16

Four Reasons Divergence Could Reappear in Post-Poll Kurdish Region

Islam Times - Despite the fact that the Kurdistan region’s independence referendum insistence drew domestic Kurdish opposite voices, including the “No For Now” movement that declared launching in early August, just few days before the September 25 poll, relatively all of the Kurdish factions stood in ...

 
Unraveling the Riddle of the Kurds’ Iraqi Pipedream
4 Oct 2017 05:09

Unraveling the Riddle of the Kurds’ Iraqi Pipedream

Islam Times - Wily clannish capo Masoud Barzani, president of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), has announced that “Yes” won Monday’s non-binding independence referendum. Now that index fingers in indelible indigo ink are out of the way, the real battle between the KRG and Baghdad begins. Iraqi ...

 
Iraqi forces advance towards Daesh terrorist group
1 Oct 2017 17:31

Iraqi army, allies recapture over dozen villages near Hawijah

Islam Times - Iraqi government forces and allied fighters from Popular Mobilization Units have established control over more than a dozen villages near the northern town of Hawijah.

 
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (Photo by Reuters)
1 Oct 2017 17:21

Netanyahu glosses over Israeli role in Kurdish secession bid

Islam Times - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has denied Turkey’s accusation that the regime was involved in a recent controversial secession referendum in Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region.

 
1 Oct 2017 17:00

'Sheikh of snipers' killed in battle to retake Hawijah

Islam Times - Iraq’s Hashd al-Sha’abi says the group has lost a valued sharpshooter during the battle to retake the northern town of al-Hawijah from the Takfiri terror group of Daesh.

 
Secretary General of Hezbollah Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah delivers a televised speech from the Lebanese capital city of Beirut on September 30, 2017.
1 Oct 2017 10:49

Kurdish secession bid in Iraq threat to entire region: Hezbollah chief

Islam Times - The secretary general of the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement says the potential breakaway of the Kurdistan region in Iraq is a threat to the entire region.

 
Iraq
1 Oct 2017 10:44

Iraq to defend Kurdish people against threats: Premier

Islam Times - Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has reaffirmed the country’s determination to protect its Kurdish population against any threats, amid soaring tensions over the recent Kurdish independence referendum in the northern region of the country.