Iraqi Kurdistan http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/24393/all en UPDATE 1-Turkey, Ocalan map out steps to end Kurdish conflict http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/update-1-turkey-ocalan-map-out-steps-end-kurdish-conflict <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><body></body></p> <p>* Jailed militant agrees four-stage process to disarmament</p> <p>* Kurdish politicians, PKK give cautious welcome</p> <p>* Pro-Kurdish party seeks role in negotiations</p> <p>* 40,000 killed since conflict began in 1984</p> <p>By Daren Butler</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/update-1-turkey-ocalan-map-out-steps-end-kurdish-conflict" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Abdullah Öcalan Abdullah Ocalan Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights Article 5 of the European Convention on Human Rights Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights Asia European Convention on Human Rights Iraqi Kurdistan Kurdish people Kurdish–Turkish conflict Kurdistan independence movement Kurdistan Workers' Party Murat Karayılan Social Issues War Workers Party Thomson Reuters Tue, 08 Jan 2013 16:00:32 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5731666 at http://www.globalpost.com BP moves to front line of Iraq-Kurdistan stand-off http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130117/bp-moves-front-line-iraq-kurdistan-stand <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Former BP CEO Hayward working with KRG as head Genel</p> <p>* Iraq wants to raise output to 600,000 bpd from 280,000</p> <p>* KRG also seeks to raise output on its side of field</p> <p>By Peg Mackey and Andrew Callus</p> <p>BAGHDAD/LONDON, Jan 17 (Reuters) - BP's deal to develop an Iraqi oilfield that straddles the border with the autonomous Kurdish region puts it in the front line of a sectarian stand-off, in which rivals and its former CEO have chosen the other side.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130117/bp-moves-front-line-iraq-kurdistan-stand" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Disaster Fertile Crescent Iraqi Kurdistan War Thomson Reuters Thu, 17 Jan 2013 14:15:16 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5735604 at http://www.globalpost.com Turkey suicide bomber hits US embassy, guard killed http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130201/turkey-suicide-bomber-hits-us-embassy-guard-killed <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A suicide bomber suspected to be a militant from an outlawed leftwing group blew himself up at the US embassy in Ankara on Friday, killing a Turkish security guard and wounding several other people, officials said.</p> <p>The bombing at a security roadblock near the entrance to the highly-fortified embassy in an upmarket area of the capital was the latest in a series of attacks on American missions in the Muslim world.</p> <p>US Vice President Joe Biden, on a visit to Germany, said the attack had been "characterised by our embassy as a terrorist attack".</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130201/turkey-suicide-bomber-hits-us-embassy-guard-killed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Disaster Iraqi Kurdistan Politics Terrorism War AFP Fri, 01 Feb 2013 16:00:42 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5743189 at http://www.globalpost.com Turkish guard killed in US embassy suicide bombing http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130201/turkish-guard-killed-us-embassy-suicide-bombing-1 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A Turkish security guard was killed and several other people wounded in a suicide bombing at the entrance to the highly-fortified US embassy in Ankara on Friday, officials said.</p> <p>The force of the blast damaged nearby buildings in the upmarket Cankaya neighbourhood of the capital where many other state institutions and embassies are also located.</p> <p>"There were two dead in the suicide bombing, a Turkish security guard and the bomber himself," Ankara governor Alaattin Yuksel told reporters, adding that a woman was also among the wounded.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130201/turkish-guard-killed-us-embassy-suicide-bombing-1" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Disaster Iraqi Kurdistan Politics Terrorism War AFP Sat, 02 Feb 2013 03:30:33 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5743790 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 2-Iraq parliament passes budget despite Kurdish boycott http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130307/update-2-iraq-parliament-passes-budget-despite-kurdish-boycott <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Aseel Kami</p> <p>BAGHDAD, March 7 (Reuters) - The Iraqi parliament passed the country's 2013 budget on Thursday despite a boycott by Kurdish members in protest at the amount allotted to pay oil companies operating in the autonomous north, lawmakers said.</p> <p>Iraq's cabinet approved the 138-trillion-Iraqi-dinar ($118.5 billion) budget in October, but differences between Shi'ite, Sunni and Kurdish factions repeatedly thwarted attempts by lawmakers to pass the draft legislation in parliament.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130307/update-2-iraq-parliament-passes-budget-despite-kurdish-boycott" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Fertile Crescent Iraqi Kurdistan oil Politics Thomson Reuters Thu, 07 Mar 2013 18:00:44 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5776341 at http://www.globalpost.com http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130321-59 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>US welcomes ceasefire call from Kurdish rebel leader</p> <p>jkb/jm</p> Iraqi Kurdistan AFP Thu, 21 Mar 2013 18:31:00 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5790242 at http://www.globalpost.com Football: Iraq to face Syria in Baghdad friendly http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130324/football-iraq-face-syria-baghdad-friendly <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Iraq will face neighbours Syria in a friendly in Baghdad on Tuesday, just five days after FIFA lifted a ban on international matches in the Iraqi capital.</p> <p>Initially, the match was scheduled to be played in Erbil, the capital of the autonomous region of Kurdistan.</p> <p>However, the Iraq football federation, as well as Gael Mahe, a FIFA match agent, confirmed to AFP that the game would take place at Baghdad.</p> <p>Iraq have been playing their competitive games in Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.</p> <p>pga/dj/ps</p> Asia Fertile Crescent Iraqi Kurdistan AFP Sun, 24 Mar 2013 18:30:34 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5792680 at http://www.globalpost.com Kandil complies with withdrawal decision, has reservations, reports say http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130410/kandil-complies-withdrawal-decision-has-reservations-reports-say <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asianet </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p></p><P> Top operatives of the terrorist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in the Kandil Mountains of northern Iraq, where PKK hideouts are located, have agreed to the withdrawal of PKK terrorist from Turkish soil, yet they say they have reservations, media reports indicated on Tuesday.</p><P>Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) Co-chairperson Selahattin Demirtas and BDP Istanbul deputy Sirri Sureyya Onder returned from Kandil to Turkey on Tuesday. They had traveled to the region in order to deliver a letter written by the imprisoned PKK leader, Abdullah Ocalan, to PKK operatives in Kandil.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130410/kandil-complies-withdrawal-decision-has-reservations-reports-say" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Iraqi Kurdistan Kurdish people Kurdistan Workers' Party Kurdistan Workers' Party Asianet Wed, 10 Apr 2013 20:17:42 +0000 Asianet 5809771 at http://www.globalpost.com Northern Iraq: not all that Iraqi http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130412/northern-iraq-not-all-iraqi <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asianet </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p></p><P> When you walk on the streets of Arbil, Mosul or Sulaymaniyah, you would think you were in Diyarbakır, Sanlıurfa or Antalya. As you walk around, you realize that what you see is different from what you hear about this geography, which most people in Turkey associate with the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).</p><P>Northern Iraq is closely watching the settlement process on the ground in Turkey. This region is viewed as an important part and leg of the settlement process and has been seeking peace within itself for many years.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130412/northern-iraq-not-all-iraqi" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Fertile Crescent Iraqi Kurdistan Asianet Fri, 12 Apr 2013 19:04:21 +0000 Asianet 5814040 at http://www.globalpost.com Iraqi Kurdistan poised to pipe oil to world via Turkey http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130417/iraqi-kurdistan-poised-pipe-oil-world-turkey <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Orhan Coskun and Humeyra Pamuk</p> <p>ANKARA (Reuters) - Iraqi Kurdistan will be ready to export its crude oil directly to world markets via Turkey within months after a new pipeline is completed, a move likely to deepen a row with Baghdad over the distribution of Iraq's hydrocarbon revenues.</p> <p>The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) is on track to finish the pipeline in the third quarter, linking Genel Energy's Taq Taq oilfield with an existing Iraq-Turkey crude pipeline, four Turkey-based industry sources told Reuters.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130417/iraqi-kurdistan-poised-pipe-oil-world-turkey" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Fertile Crescent Iraqi Kurdistan Thomson Reuters Wed, 17 Apr 2013 08:15:43 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5818085 at http://www.globalpost.com Kurdish militants to begin withdrawal from Turkey in May http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130425/kurdish-militants-begin-withdrawal-turkey-may <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Murad Jambaz</p> <p>QANDIL MOUNTAINS, Iraq (Reuters) - Rebel Kurdish field commander Murat Karayilan ordered his fighters to begin withdrawing from Turkish soil within two weeks and rebase in the mountains of northern Iraq as part of a peace plan with Ankara to end a three-decades-old conflict.</p> <p>The pullout, negotiated by Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) chief Abdullah Ocalan jailed on a prison island near Istanbul, offers the best chance yet of settlement of a war that has killed over 40,000 and battered the Turkish economy.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130425/kurdish-militants-begin-withdrawal-turkey-may" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Business European Convention on Human Rights Iraqi Kurdistan Kurdish people Law Middle East Technology War Thomson Reuters Thu, 25 Apr 2013 14:15:35 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5825090 at http://www.globalpost.com Iraqi forces enter town after gunmen leave http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130426/iraqi-forces-enter-town-after-gunmen-leave-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Iraqi security forces began moving back into a northern town on Friday after gunmen who seized it two days ago made an agreed withdrawal, officials said.</p> <p>The gunmen pulled out of Sulaiman Bek in Salaheddin province early in the day under a deal worked out by tribal chiefs and government officials, local official Shalal Abdul Baban and municipal council deputy chief Ahmed Aziz said.</p> <p>The gunmen swarmed into the predominantly Sunni Turkmen town on Wednesday after deadly clashes with the security forces, who pulled back in the face of the offensive as residents fled.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130426/iraqi-forces-enter-town-after-gunmen-leave-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Baban Iraqi Kurdistan AFP Fri, 26 Apr 2013 09:45:27 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5825780 at http://www.globalpost.com Chevron signs Iraq Kurd oil deal http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130617/chevron-signs-iraq-kurd-oil-deal <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>US energy giant Chevron has signed another oil exploration deal in Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan region, it said on Monday, one of several contracts between Kurds and foreign energy firms that have enraged Baghdad.</p> <p>The contract to explore the Qara Dagh field, in the south of the three-province region, is Chevron's third with Kurdish officials, who have signed a swathe of contracts with international oil companies to boost exploration and production of energy.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130617/chevron-signs-iraq-kurd-oil-deal" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Fertile Crescent Iraqi Kurdistan AFP Mon, 17 Jun 2013 13:02:33 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5858827 at http://www.globalpost.com As Iraq grapples with bombings, Arbil booms http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130621/iraq-grapples-bombings-arbil-booms <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>As central Iraq grapples with a surge in violence and a longer-term struggle to wean its economy off a dependence on oil, Abdullah Abdulkarim stands at a car dealership in the northern Kurdish city of Arbil and smiles.</p> <p>"Every day, things are getting better."</p> <p>Abdulkarim is not the only one who feels that way -- the economy of the autonomous Kurdish region in northern Iraq, with Arbil as its capital, is growing faster than the rest of the country and sees none of the violence that has raged across Arab areas.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130621/iraq-grapples-bombings-arbil-booms" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Fertile Crescent Iraqi Kurdistan War AFP Fri, 21 Jun 2013 14:14:54 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5863151 at http://www.globalpost.com Iraqi Kurdish President set to rule for two more years http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130630/iraqi-kurdish-president-set-rule-two-more-years <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>ARBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - The president of Iraqi Kurdistan Masoud Barzani is set to stay in office for another two years, after lawmakers voted on Sunday to extend his tenure amid scuffles in parliament and an outcry from opposition parties.</p> <p>Barzani's presidency had been due to end this summer, when his second term of four years ends, but in recent months members of his party said legal ambiguities might allow him to remain longer or run again.</p> <p>The region's presidential law places a limit of two four-year terms on the position.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130630/iraqi-kurdish-president-set-rule-two-more-years" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Iraq Iraqi Kurdistan Kurdish people Thomson Reuters Sun, 30 Jun 2013 17:35:30 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5871825 at http://www.globalpost.com