Tag Archives | Kurdish Independence

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 […]

Kurdish Independence “would Help Defeat IS”

By Amberin Zaman for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Masrour Barzani: Kurdish independence would help defeat IS The war against the Islamic State (IS) is continuing full force in Iraq and Syria. And Kurds from both countries remain the most effective […]

Axeon Bought Kurdish Crude

By John Lee. Axeon Specialty Products said on Friday that it received a cargo of crude oil from of Kurdistan’s Shaikan oilfield in June, despite the Iraqi government’s attempts to block independent exports of crude by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). The oil was delivered to the company’s refinery in Paulsboro, New Jersey (pictured). A […]

Kurds to Receive Military Support

By Patrick M Schmidt. Information leaked from an American official suggests that American air support may have been offered to Kurdish forces. Specialized training and armaments from America for Kurdish security forces would accompany air support. European nations have also stepped forward with other offers of military aid. An offer has also been made to […]

Another Kurdish Tanker En Route to USA

By Patrick M Schmidt. While the tanker the United Kalavryta remains outside of American territorial waters by Texas, another tanker carrying “illegal” oil from the Kurdistan region has left for New Jersey. The tanker, Minerva Joy (pictured), left the port of Dortyol in Turkey on Thursday. It has been determined that LydondellBasell purchased two tankers […]

Mystery Buyer of Kurdish Oil Revealed

After months of remaining out of public knowledge, the buyer of Kurdish oil in America has been revealed. The chemical firm LyondellBasell purchased two tankers worth of Kurdish oil in May. The shipments totaled nearly 533,000 barrels of oil and at the time did not result in any legal action. Data retrieved from the U.S. […]