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Iran, Turkey to halt secession – Sides reject Kurd referendum

ANKARA, Oct 4, (Agencies): The presidents of Iran and Turkey vowed during talks in Tehran on Wednesday to work closely together to prevent the disintegration of Iraq and Syria and to oppose the Iraqi Kurds’ drive for independence. Shi’ite Muslim Iran and mainly Sunni Muslim Turkey, a NATO member, have …

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VOTE SET TO CEMENT KURDISH CASE FOR INDEPENDENCE

Ex-president of Iraq Talabani dies – Amir offers condolences SULAIMANIYAH, Iraq, Oct 3, (Agencies): Ex-Iraqi president and Kurdish leader Jalal Talabani died on Tuesday in Germany, officials in his party told AFP. Talabani, 83, was Iraq’s president from 2005 to 2014 and a key figure in Iraqi Kurdistan, where voters last …

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Iran, Iraq pressure Kurds – Oil embargo … border posts

ERBIL, Iraq, Sept 30, (AFP): International pressure mounted on Iraqi Kurdistan Saturday after its controversial independence “yes” vote, with neighbouring Iran announcing joint border drills with Iraq and banning fuel trade with the autonomous region. A day after a cut in foreign air links with the region, Iran’s state broadcaster …

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Flight ban on Kurds … threat to oil – Nine to one for secession

ERBIL, Iraq, Sept 28, (Agencies): Hundreds of passengers waited to board flights out of the Kurdish region at Erbil International Airport on Thursday after Baghdad threatened to ban flights following an independence referendum held by Iraq’s Kurds earlier this week. Most international carriers who fly to and from airports in …

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Erdogan warns of ethnic war risk – Damascus open to Kurd autonomy

ANKARA, Sept 26, (AFP): Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday warned the Iraqi Kurdish leader against pushing for independence after holding a non-binding referendum, saying such a move risked sparking an “ethnic war” in the region. “If (Massud) Barzani and the Kurdish Regional Government do not go back on …

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IRAQI MPs DEMAND TROOPS RETAKE DISPUTED AREAS – Kurds vote in push for independence

Erdogan says Turkey to close border, warns on oil ERBIL/SULAIMANIYA, Iraq, Sept 25, (Agencies): Kurds voted in large numbers in an independence referendum in northern Iraq on Monday, ignoring pressure from Baghdad, threats from Turkey and Iran, and international warnings that the vote may ignite yet more regional conflict. The …

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Baghdad says may use force if Kurdish referendum turns violent

Blast kills 8 in Iraq village seized from IS BAGHDAD, Sept 17, (Agencies): Eight members of an Iraqi paramilitary unit died Sunday in a booby-trap explosion in a school near the city of Mosul that was retaken from jihadists, a security official said. In the latest example of the dangers …

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IS-claimed attacks kill 74 in Iraq – Turkey warns on Kurdish referendum

NASIRIYAH, Iraq, Sept 14, (AFP): Gunmen and suicide car bombers on Thursday killed at least 74 people including Iranians near the southern Iraqi city of Nasiriyah, in an attack claimed by Islamic State group. The attackers struck at midday, opening fire on a restaurant before getting into a car and …

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Referendum as planned

IRBIL, Sept 11, (Agencies): The leader of Iraq’s Kurdistan region Masoud Barzani underlined on Monday that a referendum for the region’s independence will “go ahead as planned” on Sept 25. His remarks came during talks with the UN chief’s Special Representative for Iraq and UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) …

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Turkish military kills 20 kurdish fighters in Hakkari, says army

ANKARA, Dec 3, (Agencies): The Turkish military killed 20 fighters from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) after they tried to attack army bases in the southeastern Hakkari province, the military said on Saturday. The fighters crossed into Turkey from northern Iraq and attempted to launch attacks on military bases …

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