Turkey on Thursday launched an air attack on Iraqi Kurdistan in response to the killing of a Turkish diplomat in the region, Minister of Defence Hulusi Akar said. The Turkish vice consul to Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region was shot dead Wednesday in the local capital Arbil. Police sources said two other people were also killed….

Three people, including the Turkish deputy consul, have been killed in a shooting at a restaurant in Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan, according to local media. Police confirmed the death of the Turkish diplomat. The shooting was reported shortly after 2pm local time, and took place at a restaurant in an upmarket area of Iraqi Kurdistan’s capital…

Iranian and U.S. officials held secret talks in the Iraqi Kurdistan region earlier this month, Israel’s I24 News TV reported on July 9. According to the sources, the secret Iranian-U.S. talks were held on July 5 in an unspecified hotel in Kurdistan’s capital, Erbil. “A delegation of Saudi officials was staying at the same hotel,…

Security forces apprehend terrorist in central Baghdad Spokesman for the Ministry of Interior Affairs, General Saad Maan, announced that security forces arrested a terrorist in central Baghdad. The terrorist previously participated in the killing of police officers in Mosul. Maan said in a press statement that security forces protecting the facilities and figures working within…

Gunmen killed three policemen during an attack on a guard post near the city of Kirkuk late on Monday, officials said. Another federal police officer was wounded in the assault in the town of Altun Kupri, on the boundary between the northern provinces of Kirkuk and Erbil, the interior ministry added. There was no immediate…

(Judit Neurink) Kurdish peshmerga in Iraq say that IS is rising like a phoenix from the ashes. The organisation is re-grouping to fill the void left by its quarrelling adversaries. Judit Neurink reports from Irbil and Mosul A car bomb kills five in the town of Tikrit. Iraqi troops call in air strikes on “Islamic…

Turkish and Iraqi authorities continued talks this week regarding the opening of a new border crossing between the two countries to circumvent the Kurdistan Region, a proposal in consideration since the Kurds’ push for independence last year. Head of Iraqi Customs Authority, Kadhim al-Aqabi, and Turkey’s ambassador to Baghdad, Fatih Yildiz, sat down Tuesday to…

Overall, at least 19 people were killed, and 15 were wounded: Three gunmen were killed during a possible Islamic State attack on the Erbil provincial government building. A civilian employee was killed as well, and five security personnel were wounded. Local officials gave conflicting reports as to the nature of the attack. The counter-terrorism directorate…

Gunmen have stormed the governorate building in Erbil, the seat of the Kurdistan Regional Government in northern Iraq, according to a local official. “At around 7:45am two gunmen approached the entrance of the governorate and opened fire at the guards. They managed to enter and now they are on the third floor,” said the deputy…

The province of Nineveh can no longer manage the large number of corpses Abdel-Rahim al-Shemari, a legislator in the province of Nineveh, complained that Nineveh province can no longer handle the large number of bodies that have still not been buried in the city and he is asking for international aid. Mosull residents, on the…