Iraq gets tough with Turkey over Kurds

BAGHDAD, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- The Iraqi government has stopped an airliner carrying Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz landing in Iraqi Kurdistan amid Baghdad's deepening rift with Ankara over its support Iraq's independence-minded Kurds.

Iraq, Kurdish war unlikely

WASHINGTON, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- Washington is encouraged that Iraqi and Kurdish forces are moving in a direction that would prevent a military confrontation, a spokeswoman said.
Iraq withholds immunity for U.S. troops

Iraq withholds immunity for U.S. troops

BAGHDAD, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- Iraq is reluctant to offer legal immunity to U.S. troops who stay in the country to help with the rebuilding effort, political observers said.

Halabjah memory must 'be kept alive'

HALABJAH, Iraq, March 17 (UPI) -- The primary researcher into the chemical attack on the Iraqi town of Halabjah spoke of the importance to keep its memory alive on the event's 20th anniversary.

Arab anger threatens Kurd power

BAGHDAD, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- The strong political power Kurds enjoy in Iraq appears to be fomenting anger among Arab factions, a report said Friday.

Analysis: Iraq's '08 fate -- Basra, Kirkuk

WASHINGTON, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Iraq's crude capital, Basra, and perhaps its most controversial city, Kirkuk, also flush with oil, face a formidable 2008.
BEN LANDO, UPI Energy Editor

Iraq calmer but more fragmented

BAGHDAD, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Iraq bloodshed's abated since the U.S. troop buildup but instead of rebuilding during the lull the nation's fragmented more into tribes, parties and militias.

Analysis: Kurds say Kirkuk is Turkey's aim

WASHINGTON, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- The protest sign was plain enough, black ink on white poster board. But the message Jamel Numan was carrying amidst 200 of America’s Iraqi Kurds rallying outside the White House Monday was both simply blunt and highlighted the overlooked complexity of Turkey’s beef with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party guerillas: “Is this really about PKK? Or is this about Kirkuk?”
BEN LANDO, UPI Energy Editor

Spy agencies compete in Iraq

BAGHDAD, April 15 (UPI) --  Iraq now has dueling spy agencies, one Sunni led and the other Shiite led, it was reported Sunday.

Iraqis flee to Jordan to escape violence

AMMAN, Jordan, Feb. 16 (UPI) -- The United Nations says escalating violence in Iraq has sent some 700,000 refugees into Jordan, creating a problem for a nation of only 5.5 million.

Many Sunnis now said want U.S.to stay

BAGHDAD, May 22 (UPI) -- Many Sunnis who not long ago wanted the United States out of Iraq now are wishing for additional American military patrols, a report says. The dramatic escalation in sectarian violence since the Feb. 22 bombing of the revered Shiite Askariya Shrine in Sam
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