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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 […]

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 […]

Intra-Kurdish Rivalries Spill Into Iraqi Oil Trade

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. Who owns Kirkuk, the major northern city with the major oil resources? The authorities in Iraqi Kurdistan have always considered it part of their semi-autonomous region which meant that the […]

Conflict over Kirkuk Oil Returns

By Omar Sattarfor Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. On March 2, a military force affiliated with the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) led by former President Jalal Talabani seized the North Oil Company in Kirkuk province. The military […]

Oil Ministry “Unaware” of Kirkuk Oil Deal

By John Lee. A spokesperson of the Iraqi oil ministry has told Rudaw that the Ministry is not aware of any agreement between Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) to end disputes over oil production and exports from the disputed Kirkuk oil fields. Reuters quoted PUK deputy chief Kosrat Rasul […]

Iraqi Kurdistan Oil a Slippery Issue

By Ali Mamouri for Al Monitor. Any views expressed here are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.  Iran and Turkey are trying to extend their economic influence over Iraqi Kurdistan oil, even as controversy flares over surreptitious deals between Kurdistan and Turkey. Iraqi Kurdistan has been shipping […]

Is Maliki Plotting Return to Power with Kurdistan Visit?

By Mohammed A. Salih for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. In a scene surprising to many, a smiling Nouri al-Maliki disembarked from an Iraqi airliner July 18 in the city of Sulaimaniyah and was received by senior officials from the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan […]

New Alliance among Kurds may Deepen Divisions

By Mohammed A. Salih, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. How new alliance among Iraq’s Kurds might actually deepen divisions Often touted as the main beneficiaries of Iraq’s post-Saddam Hussein order, the Kurds obtained political recognition for their autonomous region in the country’s […]

Bloody Power Struggles continue in Disputed Territories

By Shelly Kittleson for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Bloody power struggles continue in Iraq’s disputed territories The security situation in Tuz Khormato continues to deteriorate. On June 18, a car bomb exploded just outside the local headquarters of the largest […]

Political Union in Kurdistan – Peace, or Civil War?

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. Will New Political Union in Kurdistan Equal Political Peace – Or Civil War? Recently two of Iraqi Kurdistan’s major political parties united. The other major party doesn’t like this – […]