Tag Archives | PKK

Turkey Reopens Iraq Border Crossing

By John Lee. The Habur border crossing between Iraq and Turkey has reopened on a limited basis on Tuesday, but with only 1,250 vehicles being allowed to through each day, according to Today's Zaman. Turkey had closed the crossing on 14th December due to ongoing clashes between Turkish security forces and the Kurdistan Workers' Party […]

Why Defeating the IS won't bring Stability to Iraq

By Ali Mamouri for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Iraq’s most urgent challenge is to eliminate the Islamic State (IS), but that battle will be just a prelude to myriad conflicts in liberated areas such as Sinjar and Tuz Khormato if the rival […]

How Renewed Turkey-PKK Conflict Threatens KRG

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. Iraqi Kurdistan's prospects of stability might be affected by the renewed resolve by Turkey's Justice and Development Party (AKP) to fight the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), even after its spectacular […]

Iraqi Kurdistan's Brewing Crisis

By Mahmut Bozarslan for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Demonstrations turned violent earlier this month as thousands of people protested the dire economic situation in Iraqi Kurdistan, with many demanding that Massoud Barzani (pictured) step down as regional president. Developments that brought the […]

Turkish Forces Raid Iraqi Kurdistan

By Simon Kent. The New York Times has reported on a Turkish incursion in the mountains of Northern Iraq to destroy Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) positions. The incursion comes in response to a recent IED attack inside Turkey which killed 14 police officers in a mini bus. The raids--20 military strikes according to the report--have […]

Kandil Airstrikes: Amnesty Calls for Investigation

Evidence collected by Amnesty International in a fact-finding mission indicates that multiple Turkish government airstrikes killed eight residents and injured at least eight others – including a child - in a flagrantly unlawful attack on the village of Zergele, in the Kandil Mountains in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. The airstrikes on 1 August were […]

Iraqi Kurds Desire PKK and Turkey Ceasefire

By Patrick Schmidt. With tensions rising once again between the Turkish central government and the Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK), Iraqi Kurds are now more concerned about their own relationship with the Turkish leadership. Despite this concern, Iraqi Kurds do not agree with all the claims made by the Turkish government about the PKK. Kurdistan’s Foreign […]

Video: Turkey Denies Targeting Iraqi Civilians

Turkey's military is denying allegations that its air strikes against Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) targets have hit civilians. The President of Iraq's Kurdish region has accused Ankara of killing civilians in air raids in the north. He has asked the PKK to leave the region, but the violence continues. Al Jazeera's Zeina Khodr reports:

US Think Tank: Kurds Could Replace Turkey as Ally

The Washington DC-based think tank the Bipartisan Policy Centre (BPC) says the United States must look for a new reliable strategic partner such as the Kurds, to replace Turkey, as Turkey is no longer a dependable ally. According to the BPC, Turkey has failed to secure the length of its 560 mile with Syria against the […]

The Turkish-Kurdish 'Secret Agreement'

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. Matter of National Security? The Turkish-Kurdish 'Secret Agreement' An 18-month-old “secret agreement” between Iraqi Kurdistan and Turkey goes for 50 years and potentially affects national security and oil exports. Nobody […]

Turkey to Explore for Oil in Qandil

By John Lee. Turkish energy minister Taner Yildiz said today that agreements with Iraqi administrations open the door for Turkish oil exploration in Iraqi Kurdistan: "We have agreements with Baghdad and [the government in] northern Iraq ... In the frame of these agreements, we will explore for oil there ... "There can be an additional […]

Peshmerga Advance Against ISIL

By John Lee. The BBC's Jim Muir has reported from the front lines at Bakarta in the Kurdish region of Iraq, where Kurdish Peshmerga troops have retaken villages lost to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Interestingly, Muir reports from a hill on the front lines that the Kurds seized from ISIL, […]