The Turkish administration has renewed an appeal to Iraq to resolve disputes over the ethnically volatile oil rich city of Kirkuk, where Ankara is wary of the ethnic Kurdish population gaining too much influence.
The strategically important northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk has recently come under the spotlight of the international media, whose interest has been sparked by Sunni Arabs and Turkmens who held demonstrations on Thursday against the outcome of Iraq’s Dec. 15 parliamentary elections and to protest Kurdish attempts to dominate the oil-rich city.
Meanwhile, the closure of a major oil refinery in the northern town of Baiji due to fears of insurgent attacks heaps further misery on Iraqis, prompting longer-than-usual queues for fuel
Leaders of Iraq's Sunni and secular communities gave a cautious welcome on Friday to a plan to bring foreign experts to Baghdad to review the results of this month's election, which they say was
Iraqi Kurds have placed thousands of their peshmerga forces into Iraqi army divisions in preparation for seizing the disputed, oil-rich city of Kirkuk, a US media report said.
Kurdish leaders have placed more than 10,000 of their militia members into Iraqi army divisions to seize the oil-rich city of Kirkuk and to secure the borders of an independent Kurdistan, said a Knight
Perhaps sensing a rerun is now out of the question, some Sunni Arab leaders scale back their demands, saying they would be satisfied with a UN review of the results, which have yet to be officially confirmed
Factions iron out differences
The National Security Council met on Thursday to discuss the elections in Iraq, threats posed by terrorism and economic, social and cultural problems associated with urban migration.
Military and police officials stand by sharply differing death tolls among the high-risk security detainees, however; the US and Iraqi armies both say four inmates were killed and the US military says five security personnel also died
Interpol issues wanted notice for ZarqawiPARIS - Reuters The world police body Interpol has issued an international wanted notice for Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, tapping its global network to seek the arrest of the al-Qaeda leader in Iraq. Interpol
Meanwhile, a senior government official says Iraqi political leaders will meet President Talabani in his Kurdish homeland over the next few days to prepare the ground for the formation of a new government
The Kurdish alliance took the lead with over a third of the votes in Iraq's special elections involving expatriates, soldiers, hospitals and detainees, according to results announced on Monday by the
In another development, political parties alleging fraud in Iraq's Dec. 15 parliamentary elections call for a mass protest in Baghdad today as they step up their campaign for reruns in key areas
Turkish anti-terror police said on Saturday they had detained 14 people suspected of being members of the outlawed Hizb ut-Tahrir group, which is accused of undermining the secular system in mainly Muslim Turkey.
‘The Kurdish enclave in the north is much safer than the rest of the country, and the area is booming economically,’ says Duran of General Energy, which has already signed deals with the Iraqi Kurds to explore and develop oil and gas fields
Talabani, meeting the US ambassador who is mediating in efforts to transform the newly inclusive parliament into a viable government, urges Sunni leaders to join a new, broader coalition, warning that otherwise there would be no peace
Iraqi Kurds have become disenchanted with their conservative Shiite allies in the outgoing national government and are keeping all options open on how best to broker power in the new administration.
‘We want the facts about Kirkuk to be gotten right,’ says the ITC’s representative in Ankara, Ahmet Muratlı. The oil-rich city’s status is ‘extremely critical because it will either unite or divide Iraq’ in the end
US combat forces in Iraq will be reduced by two brigades by early in the new year, while troops involved in training Iraq's new military would be increased
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