Iran continues missile attack on Iraq’s Kurdistan

Iran yesterday renewed its artillery attacks on Iraqi villages and border towns north of the city of Erbil, the capital of the Kurdistan region, causing fires in forest areas and other material damages and displacing dozens of families. Kurdish media outlets quoted security sources in the Peshmerga as saying that[…]

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Iraq: Eight killed by Turkish shelling on popular tourist resort in Kurdish region

INTERNATIONAL At least eight people have been killed and dozens wounded in a Turkish artillery attack on a tourist resort in the Dohuk province of Iraq‘s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region. State media said all of those killed by the “fierce artillery bombing” were tourists. They included two children, three men and three women. The raid took place[…]

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Iraqi Kurds vote in independence referendum

People in Iraq’s autonomous region of Kurdistan are voting in an independence referendum, amid rising tensions and international opposition. Polls opened at 05:00 GMT with balloting also taking place in the disputed areas between the northern city of Erbil and the capital Baghdad, as well as the oil-rich province of[…]

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The Kurdish fight to spread democracy

This week, a Kurdish delegation is visiting South Africa after being invited by the Kurdish Human Rights Action Group of South Africa (KHRAG). On Wednesday, the activist organization hosted a conference to begin a dialogue with the South African government and civil society organizations on the struggle for human rights[…]

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The man who would be king of Kurdistan

By the time Sheikh Mahmud Barzinji declared himself king of Kurdistan in 1922, over an area that included the city of Sulaimania and its environs, he had already fought dozens of battles; some alongside the British against the Ottomans, others against the British alongside the Arabs, and then several more[…]

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The Kurdish problem

With much of the world focusing on the Islamic State (IS) and its offensive on Kobane, very little is known about the Kurdish people, who call the Syrian-Turkish border town home. The Kurds are an ethnic group in the Middle East and Central Asia. The Kurdish question is a term[…]

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Free Abdullah Ocalan, call activists

Activists from the Kurdish Human Rights Action Group came together for an information session in the city on Thursday, aimed at discussing the politicials situation in Kurdistan, Iraq, and Syria. Kurdish Human Rights Action Group chairperson Judge Essa Moosa expressed the hope that the Kurdish freedom fighter Abdullah Ocalan, the[…]

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