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A Saudi woman has been named to a senior government post for the first time, authorities said on Sept. 27 shortly after a ban on women drivers was lifted as the conservative kingdom takes steps to modernize its image.
The Iraqi parliament on Sept. 27 asked Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to send troops to the Kurdish-held region of Kirkuk and take control of its oilfields
Turkish customs minister Bülent Tüfenkci said on Sept. 25 habur border gate with northern Iraq was not closed, tight controls imposed on traffic.
BEIRUT - Reuters
The Syrian government is open to negotiations with Kurds over their demand for autonomy within Syria’s borders, the foreign minister has said, striking a conciliatory tone as military tensions worsen between the sides in eastern Syria.
ARBIL - The Associated Press
Polls opened in the Iraqi Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) on Sept. 25 as Iraqi Kurds cast ballots on whether to support independence from Baghdad in a historic but non-binding vote.
ANKARA – Anadolu Agency
An air operation was conducted against the Zap and Avasin regions in northern Iraq targeting arms and ammunition depots and weapon emplacements of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) on Sept. 26, the Turkish military has stated.
Uğur Ergan / Nuray Babacan - ANKARA
The government is planning to put measures set out in the National Security Council (MGK) meeting on Sept. 22 into practice if the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) goes ahead with the independence referendum on Sept. 25.
Iraqi soldiers joined Turkish troops for military exercises in southeast Turkey near the border with Iraq on Sept. 26 as the two countries coordinate steps in response to the Iraqi Kurdish independence referendum.
ARBIL – Reuters
Iraq’s Kurds will go ahead with a referendum on independence on Sept. 25, Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) President Massoud Barzani has said.
Arbil has never been a threat to Ankara, and will remain to not be so, according to Nechirvan Barzani, prime mnister of the Kurdistan Regional Gvoernment (KRG) in northern Iraq.
Turkish jets have destroyed weapon depots and hideouts used by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in northern Iraq, the Turkish General Staff said in a statement on Sept. 24.