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Biden reached out to Iraqi, Kurdish leaders to discuss oil export management

Biden reached out to Iraqi, Kurdish leaders to discuss oil export management

March 21 (UPI) -- Vice President Biden conveyed America's commitment to helping Iraq and Kurdistan reach a permanent agreement regarding Iraq's oil export management.
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Vice President Biden telephones Iraqi Kurdish Regional Government president

Vice President Biden telephones Iraqi Kurdish Regional Government president

WASHINGTON, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Vice President Joe Biden telephoned Iraqi Kurdish Regional Government President Masoud Barzani on Friday to discuss political, economic, and security issues.
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Iraqi, Kurdish leaders meet in Baghdad

Iraqi, Kurdish leaders meet in Baghdad

BAGHDAD, July 8 (UPI) -- Bilateral talks between the Kurdish and central governments in Iraq suggest the political will exists to resolve ongoing crises, a U.N. special envoy said.

Iraq: No breakthrough seen in Maliki visit to Kurds

ERBIL, Iraq, June 12 (UPI) -- Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's weekend visit to Iraq's semiautonomous Kurdish enclave did not produce any visible sign of a breakthrough in Baghdad's feud with the independence-minded Kurds who're now exporting oil through neighboring Turkey.

Iraqi political talks earn praise

BAGHDAD, June 10 (UPI) -- A visit by Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to the semiautonomous Kurdish north is a step toward national peace, the U.N. envoy for Iraq said.

Kurds welcome British genocide statement

ERBIL, Iraq, March 8 (UPI) -- Britain established its reputation as an international leader by formally recognizing Saddam Hussein's regime committed genocide in Iraq, a Kurdish leader said.

Kurds discuss Iraqi crises with U.S. envoy

ERBIL, Iraq, March 7 (UPI) -- The foreign minister from the semiautonomous Kurdish government of Iraq said support was needed to ensure the country stays on the right path.

U.N. calls for restraint in Iraq

BAGHDAD, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- Iraqi protesters and political groups alike are called on to exercise their utmost restraint in airing their grievances, the U.N. envoy to Iraq said.

Bomb blasts, violence kill 28 in Iraq

KIRKUK, Iraq, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- Car bomb blasts in the restive Iraqi city of Kirkuk killed nearly two dozen people while violence in the Baghdad area killed at least five people, police said.

Iraq reviews relationship with Turkey

BAGHDAD, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- The Iraqi government said it was reconsidering its relationship with Ankara after the Turkish foreign minister met with leaders in the Kurdish north.

Turkey, Kurds wary of security vacuum

ERBIL, Iraq, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- Any effort by violent groups or organizations to exploit a power vacuum in Syria is a common threat to Turkish and Kurdish interests, a joint statement read.

Total sees 'new opportunities' in Iraq

HOUSTON, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- Marathon Oil Corp. and French supermajor Total announced they will work together to develop oil fields in the semiautonomous Kurdish region of Iraq.

Iraqis fret over U.S. vision for democracy

BAGHDAD, April 9 (UPI) -- The U.S. vision for a united and democratic Iraq is coming unraveled, an Iraqi lawmaker from the Sunni-backed Iraqiya slate said.

Exxon committed to Iraqi Kurdistan

WASHINGTON, April 6 (UPI) -- Exxon Mobil is committed to working in oil fields controlled by the semiautonomous government in northern Iraq, the company's top executive said.
Biden calls on Iraqi leaders to talk

Biden calls on Iraqi leaders to talk

WASHINGTON, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- There is an "urgent need" for political leaders in Iraq to work out their differences, the U.S. vice president said.

War not answer to PKK, Barzani says

ANKARA, Turkey, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- Battling an insurgency waged by the separatist Kurdistan Workers' Party with 21st century weaponry won't get Turkey very far, a Kurdish regional leader said.
1983 attack on Kurds ruled a genocide

1983 attack on Kurds ruled a genocide

ERBIL, Iraq, May 9 (UPI) -- An Iraqi tribunal ruled that a 1983 attack on the Barzani tribe in the Kurdish provinces of Iraq was an act of genocide, the Kurdistan Regional Government said.

Ankara builds diplomatic ties with KRG

TIKRIT, Iraq, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- The Turkish envoy to Iraq met Wednesday with leaders in the Kurdistan Regional Government ahead of the opening of a Turkish consulate in Erbil.

Kurds take matters to the White House

WASHINGTON, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- The president of the Kurdish government in Iraq arrived in Washington with messages of praise as the March elections in Iraq threaten to weaken his authority.

Talabani wants more border talks with Iran

ERBIL, Iraq, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- Iraqi President Jalal Talabani said Saturday his country wants further negotiations with Iran regarding border demarcation issues.

Iraq condemns Turkish bombings

BAGHDAD, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- The Iraqi government Monday condemned bombing raids into northern Iraq by Turkish troops searching for rebel bases.

Kurds party releases Turkish hostages

KIRKUK, Iraq, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- The Kurdish regional government in Iraq Sunday cooperated with local leaders to help release eight Turkish soldiers held as hostages.

Kurds, Shiites create alliance

BAGHDAD, Aug. 16 (UPI) -- Iraqi President Jalal Talabani has announced an alliance between Shiite and Kurdish parties that will give the groups a majority in Iraq's National Assembly.

Iraq Press Roundup

NEW YORK, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- The Baghdad-based independent Al Mada newspaper Monday ran a story with the headline “Talabani has talks with Maliki, Adil Bdul Mehdi on situation; rejects resignation of the Iraq Accordance Front ministers; welcomes the political council's position toward prisoners."
HIBA DAWOOD, UPI Correspondent

Saddam to be questioned for new trial

BAGHDAD, May 14 (UPI) -- Saddam Hussein's attorney says his client will be questioned by a judge Monday about alleged genocide against the Kurds in the 1980s.
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