Tag Archives | Kurdish Independence

Iran steps up Pressure on Iraqi Kurds to Halt Referendum

By Fazel Hawramy for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Iran and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) have become entangled in a war of words as the referendum on Iraqi Kurdistan’s independence nears. Both sides are now making veiled threats, which — if they […]

Video: Kurdish Referendum causes Concern in Iraq

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. With the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group defeated by government forces in northern Iraq, the question of Kurdish independence could pose a new problem in the country. Tensions have […]

Kirkuk’s Oil to play big role in Kurdish Independence

By Kamal Chomani for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. After decades of waiting, the Kurds are finally set to hold a referendum on independence in the fall. Massoud Barzani, the president of Iraqi Kurdistan, met June 7 with Kurdish political parties to discuss the […]

Many Obstacles to Kurdistan Independence Referendum

By Omar Sattar for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Iraqi Kurdistan faces many Obstacles to Independence Referendum Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) announced May 24 that it had formally informed the United Nations Security Council of its intention […]

Kurds to hold Independence Referendum in Sept

By John Lee. The Kurdistan Region of Iraq is to hold a referendum on independence on 25th September. According to BBC News, there was no immediate comment from Iraq’s central government, but it has urged Kurds not to hold a referendum. Moves towards outright independence have historically been opposed by the governments of neighbouring Iran, […]

UK Parliamentary Report Opposes Kurdish Independence

By John Lee. A new report from the British House of Lords’ Select Committee on International Relations has recommended that the United Kingdom should not support Kurdish independence. Describing the Iraqi Kurds as “a valuable ally“, the report — The Middle East: Time for New Realism — says that while the UK should support the Kurdistan […]

Can Iran stop Iraqi Kurdistan Independence?

By Hamdi Malik for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.  As talk of an independence referendum for Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) grows, Iran’s role is becoming more visible, especially that of Qasem Soleimani (pictured), the powerful commander of […]

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 […]

Video: Kurdistan is ‘Part of Iraq’ – Abadi

From AFP. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Iraqi premier Haider al-Abadi urges Kurdistan to drop any plans for independence, criticising a proposed statehood referendum.

President Barzani: Time for Kurdistan Referendum

Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani says that the time has come for the people of Kurdistan to make a decision through a referendum on their future. In a statement this week, he also criticized those who have made hostile statements about the holding of a referendum in Kurdistan. “In the last few days, a number […]