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No Official Word on Kurdish Freight Ban

By John Lee. A spokesman for Erbil International Airport has told Iraq Business News that there has been no official instruction from Baghdad regarding the blocking of freight flights to airports in Iraqi Kurdistan, but added that there have been emails to airlines confirming that this is the case. "The irony is," said Andrew Jones, […]

Iraq Blocks Kurdistan Flights

By John Lee. Cargo flights to and from Erbil and Sulaimanya [Slemani] have reportedly been suspended. A spokesman for Emirates SkyCargo told Lloyd’s Loading List that the airline’s freighter flights to and from Erbil “have been temporarily suspended at the request of the Iraqi Civil Aviation Authority. However, Emirates [passenger] flights are operating as per […]

Kurds Seize Oilfields, Leave Cabinet

By John Lee. Kurdish politicians officially suspended their participation in the Iraqi government on Friday, as forces under their control seized two oilfields in northern Iraq. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has appointed temporary replacements for the five Kurdish ministers of the cabinet. Kurdish forces took over the Bai Hassan and Kirkuk oilfields near Kirkuk; an […]

KRG Statement on Kirkuk Oil Fields

KRG statement on recent events at oil facilities and infrastructure in Makhmour district This morning, members of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and Kirkuk Oil Protection Forces moved to secure the oil fields of Bai Hassan and the Makhmour area, after learning of orders by officials in the federal Ministry of Oil in Baghdad to […]

The Oil Will Continue to Flow

By Padraig O'Hannelly. The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has upped the ante in the continuing dispute with Baghdad over oil export revenues. In response to what it describes as "the Iraqi federal government ... not sharing revenues in accordance with the Iraqi Constitution", the KRG has threatened to take legal action against anyone who buys […]

Israeli PM backs Kurdish Independence

By John Lee. Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu (pictured) has expressed his support for Kurdish statehood, taking a position that appears to clash with the US preference to keep Iraq united. In a speech to a Tel Aviv thinktank on Sunday, Netanyahu called for the establishment of an independent Kurdistan as part of a broader […]

KRG to Begin Work on Referendum

Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani visited the Iraqi Kurdistan Parliament yesterday, requesting the Parliament to immediately undertake the task of creating an independent electoral commission for the Region, and to begin preparations for holding a referendum for the people of Kurdistan to decide their future. In his remarks to the Parliament, the President urged Members […]

Video: Kurds push for Independence Referendum

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. The president of the Kurdish region of northern Iraq has asked his parliament to prepare for a referendum on independence, potentially paving the way for the break-up of the country of Iraq. Al […]