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    Kirkuk marks opening shot of new Iran-US rivalry. So far, Iran wins

    Iraq's lightning offensive to recapture Kirkuk - and other disputed areas - has been greeted with quiet approval in Tehran. Suppressing Kurdish expansionism in Iraq is a key Iranian national.

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    Iraqi Kurdistan's parliment attacked as Barzani resigns

    Angry demonstrators, some carrying clubs, have reportedly stormed the parliament of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region in the region’s capital city of Erbil as the Kurdish lawmakers approved a request.

    West Asia
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    Iraq retakes Kurdistan borders after deal

    Federal Iraqi forces have peacefully taken control of all border crossings ringing the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) following an agreement with Kurdish authorities.

    Southeast Asia
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    Iraq forces advance in 'last den' of ISIS

    Iraqi forces on Thursday recaptured from the Islamic State group several military bases and villages as they launched a push to wipe out remnants of the jihadists' self-styled caliphate in the country.

    West Asia
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    Iran Backs Iraq, Warns It Against Falling In US Trap

    Supreme leader "gave his support for measures taken by the Iraqi government to defend the unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Iraq", leader's office said in a statement after Abadi

    West Asia
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    Kurdistan region offers to freeze independence vote

    Iraqi Kurdish leaders offered on Wednesday to freeze the outcome of last month's vote for independence, taking a step back in a major crisis that prompted Baghdad to seize swathes of disputed territory.

    West Asia
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    Iraq rejects US call for Iran-backed forces to end operations

    The Iraqi government dismissed a call from US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson for Iranian-backed paramilitary units that helped Baghdad defeat Islamic State and capture the Kurdish-held city of Kirkuk to end operations.

    West Asia
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    Pasdaran Ignore Trump Warning, Flexe Muscle in Middle East

    Regional analysts say the emergence of Iran in Iraq, Syria, Kurdistan and Lebanon, where it wields influence through Hezbollah, means Tehran has become a front-line player in the region which Washington could not afford

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    Iraq orders arrest of Kurdish vice president

    An Iraqi court has issued an arrest warrant for the vice president of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), accusing him of provocation against the Arab country’s armed forces.

    West Asia
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    Iraqi Kurds say open to talks after Baghdad military operation

    The Iraqi Kurdish regional government said Thursday it was open to talks with Baghdad after central government forces seized a swathe of disputed territory from Kurdish fighters.

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    Iraqi forces reestablish security in Kirkuk

    Iraqi government forces have established security over the northern city of Kirkuk after retaking contested territory from Kurdish militants.Police have called on the residents, who had fled in their thousands.

    West Asia
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    Iraqi troops in armed standoff with Kurdish forces in Kirkuk

    Fighting broke out between Iraqi Turkmen fighters from the Popular Mobilization Units (Hashd al-Sha’abi) and Kurdish forces in the country’s central province of Salahuddin as tensions remain high

    West Asia
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    Iraq launches Kirkuk operation as Kurd fighters mobilise

    A senior Kurdish official said thousands of heavily armed fighters had been deployed to resist the offensive "at any cost" and called for international intervention with the federal government in Baghdad.

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    Baghdad to bypass Iraqi Kurdistan with oil exports

    Baghdad on Tuesday began rehabilitating the oil pipeline to Turkey’s Ceyhan port that bypasses Iraqi Kurdistan, after a suspension of nearly three years, the Iraqi oil minister and lawmakers said.

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    Iraq court orders arrest of Kurd independence vote organisers

    An Iraqi court has ordered the arrest of members of the Kurdistan regional Government who organised a referendum on the region's independence last month, according to reports.

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    Iraq imposes new measures on Kurdistan over referendum

    Iraq has filed a lawsuit through the office of the public prosecutor to put those officials on trial who arranged the independence referendum on September 25 despite the opposition of the Iraqi government.

    West Asia
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    The geopolitics of Kurdish independence

    One week after Iraqi Kurds held their independence referendum, the geopolitical blowback has been swift and near unanimous. The United States has called the referendum illegitimate.

    West Asia
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    Iraq forces retake Islamic State bastion Hawija

    Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi says Iraqi armed forces have liberated the strategic town of Hawijah, ridding the Takfiri outfit of its last bastion in the northern part of the Arab state.

    West Asia
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    Iran, Turkey vow to halt Iraqi Kurds’ secession bid

    The presidents of Iran and Turkey vowed during talks in Tehran on Wednesday to work closely together to prevent the disintegration of Iraq and Syria and to oppose the Iraqi Kurds’ drive for independence.

    West Asia
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    4 Turkish troops killed in attack blamed on Kurd rebels

    Another four soldiers were injured when a handmade bomb detonated as an armoured vehicle drove past in the Yuksekova district of Hakkari province, the governorate said in a statement.

    West Asia
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    Erdogan visits Iran amid tensions over Kurdish independence

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has arrived in the Iranian capital, Tehran, for discussions with the country’s senior officials on issues of bilateral and regional significance.

    West Asia
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    Erdogan sees Israel’s hand in Iraqi Kurdistan vote

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday that Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency played a role in Iraqi Kurdistan’s independence vote, proved by the waving of Israeli flags during celebrations .

    West Asia
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    Syrian War Nearing Its End, Says Grand Mufti

    Islam is a religion of peace and had never waged a war against anyone, and gives shelter to others. We are standing at the gate of victory in Syria and soon we will announce “Syria is free from foreign fighters”.

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    Iran bans oil products shipment to Iraqi Kurdistan

    Iran’s Ministry of Roads and Urban Development has warned companies against shipment of oil products to and from the Iraqi Kurdistan “until further notice,” Iranian news agencies reported on Saturday.

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