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Could Kurdish Independence lead to New Iraq War?

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. In 2014, following the withdrawal of Iraqi forces, Kurdish Peshmerga troops seized the oil-rich city of Kirkuk from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Two years on and with a […]

Iraq’s Turkmens call for Independent Province

By Wassim Bassem for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.  Iraqi Turkmens, who are citizens of Iraq with Turkish origins, have been calling for their own independent province in the Tal Afar district west of Mosul, located in the […]

Baghdad wants to take back Kirkuk Oil Fields

By John Lee. Iraq’s Ministry of Oil has said it will try to retake full control of all Kirkuk oilfields that were administered by the North Oil Company (NOC) before the Islamic State group (IS, ISIS, ISIL, Daesh) entered Iraqi territories, and “before the Peshmerga forces seized some oil wells during the previous government.” It […]

Is Kirkuk on Verge of becoming an Independent Region?

By Omar Sattar for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. The status of Kirkuk province, which is disputed by Arabs, Turkmens and Kurds, returned to the forefront after the Iraqi presidency announced a proposal June 18 to make Kirkuk an independent region. The plan […]

The Myth of a Tripartite Iraq

By Denise Natali for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Since the overthrow of Saddam Hussein in 2003 and breakdown of the Iraqi state, ethno-sectarian partition has become a popular political mantra. The assumption is that a federal state based on three autonomous regions — […]

US Congress Not Planning Vote to Partition Iraq

The United States has issued a statement denying that it has a plan to partition Iraq: “Recent media reports suggesting that the U.S. Congress will be voting on the partition of Iraq are simply untrue. “The U.S. government has consistently supported and remains committed to the unity of Iraq, and has regularly spoken out against […]

Why Christians Oppose Own Autonomous Region

By Mustafa Saadoun for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Why Iraqi Christians are against the establishment of their own autonomous region The secretary-general of the Assyrian Democratic Movement and member of the Iraqi parliament, Yonadam Kanna (pictured), spoke to Al-Monitor about […]

Abadi’s Decentralisation Initiative

By Mustafa al-Kadhimi for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. A series of protests in the streets of Iraq has been going on since July 15. The protestors demand the improvement of services and the elimination of administrative and financial corruption prevailing in the […]

Seminar On Devolution gets Support

Seminar On ‘Devolution as part of National Reconciliation’, Gets The Support Of Iraqi Political Leaders More than 120 senior Government officials and civil society leaders including the governors of nine Iraqi provinces and representatives from fifteen Iraqi governorates today participated in a seminar on ‘Devolution as Part of National Reconciliation’, to discuss how devolution of […]

Yazidi Divided, but Want Own Region

By Khales Joumah. This article was originally published by Niqash. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Interview with Yazidi MP in Baghdad: ‘Yazidi Are Divided But We Still Want Our Own Region’ Yazidi MP, Haj Kandour al-Sheikh, updates NIQASH on his people’s security […]

Kurdistan in 10 Years: The End of Iraqi Borders?

This article was originally published by Niqash. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Kurdistan in 10 Years: The Future For the Kurdish, The End of Iraqi Borders? As Turkish voters went to the polling booths, Iraq’s Kurds were watching eagerly. The result, which […]

US Draft Law Causes Upset in Baghdad

This article was originally published by Niqash. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Not Minding Their Own Business: US Draft Law Causes First Major Political Upset In Baghdad’s New Govt A recent piece of proposed legislation sponsored by US Republicans has caused some […]