Kurds

  • Iraq chaos fuels Kurds' independence dream, but hurdles remain July 7, 2014

    Iraq: A grave, freshly dug and adorned with pebbles, is the modest tribute to one more sacrifice in the long history of struggle for an independent Kurdish state. Hogir Fathi was looking forward to home leave in his village in autonomous Kurdistan when the 24-year-old, a fighter in the Iraqi region's...
  • Sunnis, Kurds abandon Iraq parliament after no replacement for Maliki named July 1, 2014

    Baghdad: Newly elected Iraqi lawmakers convene on Tuesday, under pressure to name a unity government to keep the country from splitting apart after an onslaught by Sunni Islamists who have declared a 'caliphate' to rule over all the world's Muslims. The meeting of the new legislature in Baghdad's fortified 'green zone'...
  • Netanyahu calls for Jordan support, Kurdish autonomy June 30, 2014

    Jerusalem: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has asked the international community to support Jordan in the fight against "Islamic extremism" and to back the independence of Iraq's Kurds. "We need to support efforts by the international community to strengthen Jordan and support the aspirations of the Kurds for independence," Netanyahu said...
  • More than 7,000 Syrian refugees return from Iraq June 3, 2013

    Baghdad: More than 7,000 Syrian refugees in Iraq have crossed back to the rebel-held Syrian border town of Albu Kamal in recent weeks due to better security there, an Iraqi official said on Sunday. The reverse flow coincides with a lull in battles and air raids by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's...
  • Iraq: Powerful bomb rocks Kirkuk, 4 dead January 16, 2013

    Baghdad: A powerful suicide car bomb struck the local headquarters for the party of a key Kurdish leader early Wednesday in the disputed Iraqi city of Kirkuk, killing at least four and wounding dozens, according to officials. The blast outside the offices of the Kurdistan Democratic Party caused widespread damage,...
  • Blast kills 5 in disputed area in Northern Iraq December 17, 2012

    Baghdad: Iraqi authorities say a car bomb has killed five people and wounded eleven others in the country's north, the second day in a row in which blasts have targeted disputed regions there. Police officials said the explosion Monday morning was in al-Mouafaqiyah, a village inhabited by families from the Shabak...
  • Turkish women protest new abortion law June 4, 2012

    Ankara: Thousands of demonstrators on Monday staged the largest protest yet against plans by Turkey's Islamic-rooted government to curb abortion, which critics say will amount to a virtual ban. Around 3,000 women, their ages ranging from 20 to 60 years old, gathered at a square in Istanbul's Kadikoy district carrying banners...
  • Saddam Hussein's cousin 'Chemical Ali' is executed January 26, 2010

    Baghdad: Former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein's cousin Ali Hassan al-Majid was executed on Monday, according to the government. "The condemned... has been executed by hanging today," government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh announced on state television. "This penalty is just retribution for the offender." Al-Majid, dubbed "Chemical Ali" for ordering the use of chemical...
  • Iraq unfurls new flag to 'forget Saddam' February 7, 2008

    New Delhi: Iraq on Wednesday adopted a temporary new national flag, as part of its attempted national reconciliation. It is still red, white and black but three green stars representing Saddam's motto of unity, freedom and socialism, have been removed. The phrase 'Allahu Akbar' or God is Greatest, which...
  • Turkey readies for battle, targets rebels in Iraq October 17, 2007

    Northern Iraq: One of the few peaceful and prosperous areas in Iraq is now threatened by a separate conflict: Turkish military. Turkey's cabinet has asked its Parliament for the go-ahead to launch an offensive into the oil-rich region of northern Iraq, inhabited mostly by the Kurdish populace who had been sent...
  • Saddam’s victim has the last laugh September 12, 2006

    Baghdad: A Kurdish villager testified on Tuesday he left behind his mother and two sisters as he fled a 1988 attack by Saddam Hussein's forces. Years later, his relatives' identity cards were found in a mass grave, he said. "Congratulations! You are in a cage, Saddam," witness Ghafour Hassan Abdullah said...