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New Iraqi government to safeguard unity and safety

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SHAFAQNA- Barham Salih Iraq’s new president has chosen veteran Shia politician Adel Abdul Mahdi as prime minister-designate to form a new government nearly five months after national elections were held. Barham Salih, the Kurdish moderate…

Turkish jets destroy 11 Kurdish PKK targets in northern Iraq

SHAFAQNA -  The Turkish Air Force carried out several attacks against the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in northern Iraq this morning, the Turkish military reported. According to the Turkish military, their Air Force destroyed at least 11…

Iraqi forces taking over Kirkuk ‘a declaration of war’ – Kurdish Peshmerga

SHAFAQNA - The Kurdish Peshmerga forces say that the takeover of Kirkuk is “a flagrant declaration of war” against the Kurds and warned that the Iraqi prime minister would pay a “heavy price” for triggering the conflict. The “attack”…

France offers to mediate between Baghdad and Kurds

SHAFAQNA - France offered on Thursday to mediate in a political crisis pitting Iraq’s government against Kurdish regional authorities, and promised to maintain a military presence there until ISIS was defeated. The offer by President Emmanuel…

Secessionist moves in Iraq detrimental to security of region: Iran DM

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SHAFAQNA - In the wake of the secessionist bids of the Kurdistan region of Iraq, Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami says the Islamic Republic is opposed to disintegration of Iraq and any change in the country’s geographical…

Ayatollah Sistani’s Stance against Separatist Move Lauded

SHAFAQNA - A senior Iranian lawmaker lauded Iraqi Shia source of emulation grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani’s stance against a recently held independence referendum in Iraq’s Kurdish region. Hossein Naqavi Hosseini, the rapporteur of the…

Iraq's Hakim slams Barzani's decision for referendum

SHAFAQNA - Head of the Iraqi National Alliance Seyyed Ammar al-Hakim strongly criticized the Iraqi Kurd leaders’ decision for holding referendum, saying that it is similar to ISIS stab in the back. Addressing mourners for Imam Hossein (AS),…

Shafaqna Institute's Director speaks to Press TV on Turkey's aggression on the Kurds

SHAFAQNA - Reports say the H-D-P which is the third largest party has halted its legislative works although not fully withdrawing from the parliament. According to a party spokesman, the HDP will not participate in general assembly or commission…

War With Turkey Looming for Iraq After Mosul Battle - Shafaqna's Director speaks to Sputnik

SHAFAQNA - On today's episode of Loud & Clear, Brian Becker is joined by political analyst Catherine Shakdam, Director of Programs for the Shafaqna Institute for Middle Eastern Studies to discuss the latest developments in the battle for…

Kurdish Movement Releases Statement on Turkey Coup Attempt

SHAFAQNA - The umbrella organisation of the Kurdish movement, the Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK) Executive Council Co-Presidency, has released a statement about last night's coup attempt in Turkey. The statement said; “There has…

The Kurds, the Turkmen and the Great Middle Eastern unravelling

SHAFAQNA - As Iraq struggles against Daesh, ethno-sectarian tensions in northern Iraq threatens to throw off the country’s tentative national alliance against radicalism. Eaten away by religious bias, and deep-seated ethnic rancour Iraq stands…
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Erdogan’s not so secret war against the Kurds and its implications

SHAFAQNA - While the Kurds have been absolutely instrumental to opposing terror in both Iraq and Syria, offering together military relief, and crucial geostrategic expertise, Erdogan’s Turkey – a NATO ally, has waged a brutal crackdown…

Might is right – How terrorism is fast becoming a political norm

SHAFAQNA - Turkey’s latest brush with terror was yet another reminder of the uncertainty of our time. While we may claim dialogue over belligerence, it is nevertheless wars which define nations’ dynamics, thus making terror the norm, rather…

#JusticeForKurds petition

SHAFAQNA - Amnesty International has promised to examine the facts outlined in RT’s petition calling for a probe into alleged mass killings of Kurdish civilians by the Turkish military after the NGO’s “selective” approach was criticized…

Turkey arrests British professor on terrorism charges

SHAFAQNA - A British academic has been arrested in Istanbul for allegedly distributing invitations to Kurdish New Year celebrations. He was accused of spreading “terrorist propaganda” amid the ongoing crackdown on the outlawed Kurdistan…

Erdogan’s Turkey awaken the sleeping Kurdish giant

SHAFAQNA - Keen to jump in front of what he has viewed as a direct threat to his hegemonic ambitions in the region Turkish President Recep Erdogan appears to have unwittingly awoken the sleeping Kurdish giant, thus potentially precipitating…

Turkey's adopt Daesh's methods against the Kurds

SHAFAQNA - A news report published by RT TV this Saturday reveals an interesting side to the Turkish military as it shows how Daesh-like Ankara military leadership truly stands in its targeting of "enemy groups." "Turkish forces have allegedly…

Turkey wants Kurdish isolation - calls on US to break ties

SHAFAQNA - Turkey on Friday says America should severe ties with Kurdish fighters. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said “resorting to terrorist groups like the YPG is above all a sign of weakness”. Turkish Foreign Minister…

US urges Turkey to stop shelling Kurdish and Syrian forces

SHAFAQNA - Washington has called on Turkey to cease massive artillery fire on Kurdish targets near the city of Azaz in northwest Syria, including an air base recently retaken from Islamist rebels, and to “deescalate tensions on all sides.” “We…

UN human rights chief: Turkey must probe 'shooting of civilians'

SHAFAQNA - The UN human rights chief has called on Turkey to investigate the alleged shooting of unarmed people in the country after footage of the incident emerged online. Zeid Raad al-Hussein also voiced concern over reports that the cameraman,…

Death toll rises among Kurds trapped in Turkey’s southeastern Cizre district amid govt crackdown

SHAFAQNA - Over 20 injured people have been trapped in a basement for over a week in the Cizre district of Turkey’s Sirnak Province, where the Turkish military is fighting Kurdish militants. Reports say ambulances have been denied access…

Recep Erdogan: Building an autocratic narrative in Turkey by criminalizing truth speaking

SHAFAQNA - Turkish President Recep Erdogan clashed against THE most prominent scholar of our time, Noam Chomsky this January 2016, labelling his truth speaking a parody of intellectualism. I will let you decide which of the two stand the fool. Turkey,…

Turkey arrests academics for speaking up for civil liberties

SHAFAQNA - Turkey has launched an investigation into academics who signed a petition criticizing the military’s crackdown on Kurdish rebels in the south-east that angered President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. More than 1,200 academics from…

'Convert or die': Yazidi refugees speak of ISIS assaults (RT EXCLUSIVE)

SHAFAQNA - The ethnically-Kurdish Yazidi minority in Iraq is on the run from Islamic State in Syria, which continues to systematically hunt down and enslave them. RT’s Murad Gazdiev made the perilous journey to Nowrooz camp in Syria to hear…

Radicals are pushed out of positions in northern Iraq

SHAFAQNA - Kurdish Peshmerga fighters repelled a series of Daesh attacks in northern Iraq, killing at least 70 of the Takfiri terrorists, the Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC) confirmed. Radicals were killed “across Newaran, Bashik,…